Sunday, August 4, 2013

Inspirational Person #4: Rowdy Gaines

Rowdy gaines is currently a commentator for competitive swimming, but he is a former Olympic swimmer. He has won 3 Olympic Gold medals.  In 1991, he came down with GBS, and spent two months in the hospital.

From what I have read, he fully recovered, not 80%, not 90%, but fully.  And I believe it, for less than 5 years later, he qualified for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. 

The inspiration here is not that Gaines recovered, for most people with GBS do recover, and its not that he even "fully" recovered - but that he recovered, and I say this because back in the 90's, athletes still lost some of their athleticism after age 30 - and for Gaines to qualify in what was at the time, and still largely is a young man's sport after GBS and at the age of 35 - in a way, he was even more fit than before - that is what is inspirational.

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