Speakers & Bios
Rowdy Gaines has one of the most inspirational stories in the history of sports. After years of training, Rowdy’s dream of competing in the Olympics was halted by the U.S. Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games. After taking a year off, Rowdy returned to the 1984 Olympics as an underdog but emerged a winner with three gold medals. In a turn of events, Rowdy was diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome in 1991, paralyzing him for over two weeks; not only did he recover, he went on to win two World Master's Titles and broke two World Masters Records the following year. He is known as one of the world's most dedicated, ambitious athletes and symbolizes the American spirit.
Today, Rowdy Gaines is often referred to as "Swimming’s Greatest Ambassador." Known as the voice of swimming, he has worked with CBS, TNT, ESPN, and NBC as an announcer for swimming and other events. He travels the world sharing his passion and love for the sport of swimming with youth, parents, and coaches. Rowdy Gaines has served as a national spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, Disney and John Hancock, to name a few. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a highly sought after motivational speaker by companies world-wide. Rowdy resides in Lake Mary, Florida with his family and is currently the Executive Director of Rowdy’s Kidz, a charitable program sponsored by the Limu Company created to help children better understand the value of having an active lifestyle, healthier nutritional choices and a positive can-do attitude that champions share.
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