In 1980, when the United States boycotted the Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union, among the hundreds of American athletes denied a shot at glory was a 21-year-old swimmer named Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines IV. Rowdy was the best swimmer in the world, set to be favored in multiple events in Moscow; instead, his career now appeared over. But that wouldn’t be the end of the story — not even close. ROWDY chronicles the remarkable life of a legendary champion, from his high school days in Florida to his years at Auburn University to his Olympic career and far beyond.
Rowdy, produced by Brainstormin’ Productions for the ESPN and the SEC Network, chronicles Gaines’ life from his high school days in Florida to his college days in Auburn to his Olympic career, and beyond.