Off Deck: Rowdy Gaines Reacts to New Olympic Events

After the announcement that the International Olympic Committee would add the women’s 1500 free, men’s 800 free and mixed 400 medley relay to the Olympic schedule in 2020, NBC Sports analyst Rowdy Gaines called into Off Deck to react to the news.

Gaines explained how he felt about finally achieving balanced event lineups for the women and men and how he thinks the additional of the new distance events will benefit the competition. He discussed how Katie Ledecky could benefit from the addition of event in which she has been dominant in recent years.

Gaines also detailed what he likes so much about women and men competing together in a mixed relay and the strategy involved in such a relay, and he shared his mixed emotions on the 50s of stroke not being added. Finally, he reflected on whether the value of an Olympic swimming medal is lessened with more events added for a total of 35.

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    It’s about time woman got to compete in the same distance events as men (and those they’ve been doing in every other major competition except the most important competition)….

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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