ESPN Documentary On Rowdy Gaines To Premiere June 3 In Greenwich, Connecticut

Rowdy Gaines
Photo Courtesy: Tim Morse

ESPN’s Hannah Storm has directed a documentary on 1984 US Olympian, and one of the most recognizable voices in swimming, Rowdy Gaines. Storm’s documentary on Gaines will be presented by ESPN and will be shown at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library in Greenwich, Connecticut on Sunday June 3.

The documentary will be shown at 2:30 p.m. as a part of the Greenwich International Film Festival where 36 total films will be screened in various locations that weekend.

Gaines was one of the best swimmers set to compete at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow but could not due to the nationwide boycott of the Games. Gaines was 21 and was a favorite to win multiple medals at the Games.

The film titled “Rowdy” chronicles Gaines’ life from “his high school days in Florida to his college days in Auburn to his Olympic career and beyond,” according to the film festival’s website.

Gaines also overcame a serious illness known as Guillain Barre syndrome which affects the peripheral nervous system.

The documentary was directed by Hannah Storm, who is married to Gaines’ long-time NBC play by play commentator Dan Hicks.

You can reserve your tickets for the showing here.


  1. Chris Chang

    When is this going to premiere on ESPN?

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      Taylor Brien

      Currently, the documentary will be featured as one of the films at the Greenwich International Film Festival in Greenwich, Connecticut. It doesn’t appear that the documentary will actually be on an ESPN channel at this time.

  2. avatar

    Time for Rowdy to retire? I hope.

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    Stephen Clark

    Rowdy is such a great spokesman for the entire swimming sport. His enthusiastic and expert commentary makes modern swimming a thrill to watch. Don’t ever retire.

  4. Rich Davis

    Brilliant. Such an amazing athlete and now the best swimming analyst on TV with very detailed and in-depth observations that few if any others see.