Rowdy Gaines relives the 1980 Olympic Boycott and his Favorite Moment Behind the Mic: Gold Medal Minute Video


3-time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, shares his experience during the 1980 Olympic Boycott.  Gaines was in his prime in 1980, a star swimmer set to win multiple Olympic medals. Gaines stayed in the sport and made it to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles where he won gold in the 100 meter freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay, and as the freestyle anchor leg on the 4×100 medley relay.

As the voice of swimming, Gaines has been the NBC color analyst for the network’s U.S. coverage of the Olympic Games since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Gaines covered the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as well on NBC’s cable broadcast. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be Gaines’ 7th time behind the microphone.

Gaines was interviewed at the 50m pool on the U.S. Olympic campus. Gaines was there to host a Fantasy Camp to raise money for the USA Swimming Foundation’s mission to Save Lives and Build Champions.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host, Gold Medal Mel Stewart, is a 3-time Olympic medalist and co-founder of


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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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