A record 13,712 athletes from nearly every state in America traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. to participate in the 2019 National Senior Games, presented by Humana. Records were set. Inspiration was delivered. Friends were made. And Growing Bolder’s team of reporters, including Marc Middleton, Bill Shafer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, was there to capture all the moments that made this event so special.
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“I’m more comfortable being in the water than on the land,” Rowdy Gaines tells Growing Bolder in an exclusive sit-down interview, shortly after the world premiere of the new film Rowdy. That passion is at the heart of Rowdy, which is produced by television veteran Hannah Storm and her company Brainstormin’ Productions and will air on SEC Network.
A viral video may have focused on a relay team at a swimming meet, but it wasn’t really about swimming. In fact, it wasn’t really about sports. It was about five qualities necessary to enjoy a high quality of life into our 80s, 90s, and beyond.
Rowdy Gaines is, in a single word, inspirational. He’s also humble and would prefer that the spotlight be pointed at just about anyone other than himself. That’s why when we awarded Rowdy Gaines with the Growing Bolder Inspirational Award at his annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic swim meet, we weren’t at all surprised that he graciously accepted and almost immediately went back to doing what he does best: helping to motivate, encourage and celebrate everyone around him.
Before he left Rio de Janeiro following an historic Olympics for Team USA, three-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time NBC Olympics swimming broadcaster Rowdy Gaines checks in with Growing Bolder one final time to share his thoughts on the Games.
After the first couple days of competition in Rio, we check back in Rowdy Gaines and get his take on Michael Phelps’ continued domination, the rise of Katie Ledecky and why there’s no place for cheating and doping at the elite level.
Long-time NBC swimming analyst, three-time Olympic gold medalist and Growing Bolder contributor Rowdy Gaines checks in with us via Skype from Rio to preview this summer’s games.
Every time Diann Uustal gets into the pool, she’s proving her doctors wrong. Two devastating accidents several years apart left her with crippling injuries. Today, the 67-year-old is smashing world records and spreading a message of hope.
The winner of this year’s Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic Growing Bolder Inspiration Award is a swimmer who epitomizes the GB ethos. He’s a physician, author, yo-yo expert and world record holder. But what really makes him special is his giving spirit.
We’re proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic presented by LIMU. Once again, Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton will compete in the meet as a member of Rowdy’s Team BluFrog. Last year, Team BluFrog had plenty of croak about.
Is Missy Franklin the new face of U.S. swimming? Why are the Olympic swimmers suddenly wearing two caps? NBC Sports commentator and Growing Bolder contributor Rowdy Gaines checks in via Skype from London to take us inside the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympics are finally here! Before he left for London, Growing Bolder contributor Rowdy Gaines, who will be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC Sports, describes what it’s like to have the best seat in the house for his beloved sport of swimming.