Rowdy Gaines will call swimming for NBC at Rio Olympics

Leave a comment

Make it seven Olympics in the booth for Rowdy Gaines. Gaines confirmed he signed on with NBC for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as first reported by Swimming World.

Asked about 2020, Gaines, 54, said he’s taking it one Games at a time. The three-time 1984 Olympic gold medalist has called some of swimming’s most memorable moments over the last two decades, including every Games with NBC since 1992. Gaines and Dan Hicks were joined by Summer Sanders at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Included among Gaines’ calls is all 22 of Michael Phelps’ Olympic medal swims and all 11 Ryan Lochte medals. Gaines competed with Dara Torres in Torres’ first Olympics in 1984 then later called her medal swims in both of her comebacks (2000 and 2008).

“Nobody loves swimming more than I do,” Gaines told Swimming World. “I’ll stack my passion for swimming against anyone.”

Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

1 Comment

Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Serena Williams comments on 2020 Olympics during pregnancy

Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

Getty Images
Leave a comment

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Serena Williams comments on 2020 Olympics during pregnancy