August 15, 1991 |
Rowdy Gaines, one of the swimming stars of the 1984 Olympics who last month set a master's world record in the 100-meter freestyle, has been struck with a rare disease of the nervous system and is in guarded condition in a Honolulu hospital. Gaines, 32, is undergoing treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological paralytic disorder of unknown cause, his mother Jettie said Wednesday night from Hawaii.
June 19, 1988 |
There must be some mistake. Rowdy Gaines in a swim meet? Lanky, chlorine-blond, self-effacing Rowdy Gaines? The same guy who was last seen winning gold medals in the 1984 Summer Games? Who now tips the calendar at 29? That Rowdy Gaines? I thought he was through with flip turns and foggy goggles and kickboards. I thought he was a working stiff like the rest of us, not still part of the wet set.
August 1, 1985 |
Exactly a year and a day after the opening of the Olympic Games here the flood of wonderful memories came rushing back. The occasion was the world premiere Monday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Bud Greenspan's "16 Days of Glory," a film record of the XXIII Olympiad and its heroes.
May 1, 1985 |
Many of the biggest names in American swimming hung up their racing suits after the 1984 Summer Games, and the Olympians who decided to continue swimming are supposed to be suffering from post-Olympic blues or living on past glories. It appears, however, that the best in the United States haven't been lying around depressed or sitting by the pool telling Olympic tales. They have been too busy churning out laps.
February 17, 1985 |
Mary Lou Retton, who vaulted into America's heart at the Los Angeles Olympics, could pick up another honor Monday when the Sullivan Award is presented. Retton, the women's all-around gymnastics champion at the Summer Games, is one of 10 Olympic gold medalists selected as finalists for the award, being presented for the 55th time to the person voted America's top amateur athlete of the past year.