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Rowdy Gaines Biography
Rowdy Gaines (Ambrose Gaines IV) is an American former competitive swimmer, three-time Olympic gold medalist, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is currently a swimming analyst for television networks ESPN and NBC.
Gaines has been NBC’s Olympic swimming analyst since the 1992 Barcelona Games. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he served as an analyst for swimming and open water.
He set world records in the 100-meter freestyle in 1981, the 200-meter freestyle in 1982 and capped off his phenomenal career by winning three gold medals for the United States at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
After entering the 1984 Olympic trials as a “past his prime” long-shot to make the team, Gaines set an Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle, and helped establish a world record by anchoring the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.
Gaines completed the gold medal triple by swimming the freestyle anchor of the 4×100-meter medley, again setting Olympic and world records. He also was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, which did not compete in Moscow because of the U.S. boycott.
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After retiring, he turned to broadcasting, working as a commentator on NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992 and then as an analyst for NBC’s Olympic swimming coverage from Barcelona that same summer and again for the Beijing Games in 2008.
In 1981, Gaines was named the World Swimmer of the Year, an eight-time NCAA champion at Auburn University and was honored as the Southeastern Conference’s Athlete of the Year in 1981.
Gaines is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and later served as the Hall’s Executive Director. He also served as the Chief Fundraising and Alumni Officer at USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S.
In addition to parenting and broadcasting, Rowdy Gaines volunteers for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He also is on the Board of Directors of Swim Across America, an organization designed to raise funds for cancer research.
He is the Executive Director of Rowdy’s Kidz, a wellness initiative developed and supported by The Limu Company that reaches out to children across the country.
Rowdy Gaines Age
Gaines was born on February 17, 1959 in Winter Haven, Florida, United States. He is 60 years old as of 2019.
Rowdy Gaines Height and Weight
He stands at a height of 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) weighing 161 lb (73 kg).
Rowdy Gaines Wife
Gaines is married to Judy and they have four daughters: Emily, Madison, Savanna and Isabelle. The family resides in Lake Mary, Fla.
Rowdy Gaines Salary and Net Worth
The exact amount of money that Gaines earns is not yet disclosed. His net worth is also not made public.
Rowdy Gaines Awards
- International Swimming Hall of Fame
- U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
- Florida Sports Hall of Fame
- 1982 McDonald’s Spirit Award
- 2007 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
- Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Year 1981