WLSL Olympic Athlete Support
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ is fortunate to be working with two incredible Gold Medalist athletes to help build awareness about the event and its purpose. Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans will help tell the WLSL story through traditional and social media outlets with interviews, updates and on-site appearances during the event on June 18th, 2015.
Both Rowdy and Janet will be conducting radio and newspaper interviews by phone in advance of The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an interview.
Rowdy Gaines has one of the most inspirational stories in all of sport. Missing the U.S. Boycotted 1980 Olympics didn't end Rowdy's career, it ignited it! After taking a year off, Rowdy returned to the 1984 Olympics an underdog but emerged a winner. Then, in 1991 Rowdy was diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, paralyzing him for over two weeks; not only did he recover, he went on to win 2 World Master's Titles and broke 2 World Masters Records the following year. He is known as one of the world's most dedicated, as well as, ambitious athletes and symbolizes the American quest for more than gold. Today, Rowdy Gaines is often referred to as "Swimming's Greatest Ambassador." Known as "the voice of American swimming," he has worked with all of the major television networks and will announce his 6th Olympic Games for NBC in London 2012. He travels the world passionately sharing his love for the sport of swimming with youth, parents, and coaches. Gaines has served as a national spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network, HealthSouth, Disney, Rayban, Speedo, and John Hancock, to name a few. He resides in Lake Mary, Florida with his family and is currently the Executive Director of Rowdy's Kidz with The Limu Company.
- 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
- 11-Time World Record Holder
- 5-Time World Champion
- 22-Time NCAA all American
- Inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame
Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, Janet Evans was a natural-born swimmer who was swimming laps at the age of two. In 1987, when she was 15 years old, Janet broke the world record in the 400m, 800m and the 1,500m freestyle. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she won her first gold medal in the 400m individual medley. Three days later, she won the 400m freestyle by more than two seconds and broke her own world record by 1.6 seconds. Janet added a third Olympic victory in the 800m freestyle. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics she easily defended her title in the 800m by leading from start to finish, winning by eight meters; she also won the silver in the 400m. Evans made one final appearance at the Olympics in 1996, but cites running the Olympic torch, not the actual competition, as the highlight of that Olympics. Considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time, Janet's record in the 400-meter freestyle stood for 18 years, her world record in the 1500 lasted 19 years, and she still holds the global mark in the 800m. Janet, now a mother of two shares her love of swimming with her son Jake and daughter Sydney, who had her first swimming lesson when she was just five-months-old.
- Recognized as the best female distance swimmer in history
- 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
- 17 International Titles
- 45 National Titles
- 3-Time World Record Holder (Oldest records on the books)
- USOC Hall Fame
- ISHOF Hall of Fame (http://www.ishof.org/honorees/2001/01jevans.html
Please contact Aleatha Ezra, WLSL: Media Relations or call 913-599-0300.