Video Interview: Rowdy Gaines Provides Analysis of U.S. Performances at Trials; Looks Ahead to the Paris Olympics


Photo Credit Peter H. Bick

by CASEY MCNULTY

06 July 2024, 07:55am

Rowdy Gaines Provides Analysis of U.S. Performances at Trials; Looks Ahead to the Paris Olympics

First as an elite international athlete and now as the lead swimming analyst for NBC Sports, Rowdy Gaines has been a fixture in the sport for more than 40 years. At the 1984 Olympic Games, Gaines earned three gold medals in Los Angeles, including the title in the 100-meter freestyle. He’s been a world-record holder and has demonstrated perseverance by returning to the pool after his Olympic dreams were short-circuited in 1980 by the United States boycott of the Moscow Olympics.

Following his career in the water, Gaines transitioned to sitting behind the microphone, provided analysis at a wide range of meets, including the World Championships, Nationals and the NCAA Champs. But he is best known for being the analyst for NBC Sports during its Olympic coverage, where Gaines works with Dan Hicks. The pair is synonymous with swimming at the Olympics, and they will be together again in Paris in a couple of weeks.

In this Swimming World video, Gaines breaks down the performances that were recently produced at the United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. Here, he covers everything from the most thrilling moments of the meet to Team USA’s chances against its global competitors at the Olympics.

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