Riley Gaines Personal Life
Riley Gaines is an English swimmer who was born to Brad Gaines and Telisha Gaines. She has three siblings named Taylor, Bradford, and Neely.
Riley’s father, Brad Gaines, won four SEC championships. Riley is Telisha, just like her mother. Her mother and father are very active people. Her mother played softball for Austin Peay, while her father played football at Vanderbilt.
Riley Gaines Related To Rowdy Gaines
Riley Gaines and Rowdy Gaines come from two different families. There is no connection between these athletes other than surnames.
Rowdy Gaines is a former competitive swimmer who tied the knot with Judy Gaines in 1989. Rowdy was a former member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame. He won Olympic gold three times. He along with his wife Judy has four children. Emily, Savanna, Madison, and Isabelle are their four children.
Riley Gaines Career
Riley began swimming at a very young age. After joining the university, she swam for the University of Kentucky. In 2022, she ended her college career as ‘one of the most decorated swimmers in program history’.
She became a 12-time NCAA All-American swimmer and a five-time SEC champion. Competing against transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas at the NCAA Championships in March 2022, she said that competing against Thomas — who competed in men’s competition until 2019 — felt like she was going into the race with her hands tied behind her back.
Riley Gaines Interview
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas remains the center of the conversation whenever transgender athletes are discussed. Lia swam for the men’s team at the University of Pennsylvania. After that, she used hormone replacement therapy and competed in the women’s team.
Lia began breaking records when she began swimming as a female swimmer. Riley Gaines and Lia Thomas faced each other in the 200-freestyle final at the NCAA Championships. Riley has been competing against Lia in the women’s division for a while now.
In an interview, Riley said: “I thought surely there would be someone, whether that be a coach, or another swimmer, or someone within the NCAA, I thought surely someone would stick up for us. That’s when I realized it’s my duty as s female athlete who experienced this injustice to really use my voice and my platform to advocate for those female athletes who are emotionally blackmailed and gaslit into silence.”
When asked why she spoke now, Riley said: “Honestly, I’m speaking out now because I was that person who was looking for someone else to look up to for hope and encouragement when I was on the verge of speaking out. When we weren’t seeing that, it kind of hit me. If we, as women, were not willing to stick up for ourselves, how can we expect someone else to?”
Riley Gaines Ambushed
On 6th April 2023, she went to the university to speak at a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) event at the university but was unable to continue when protesters entered the venue and chased her away. Riley filmed herself being ambushed by students at San Francisco State University who support trans rights and are part of the LGBTQ community or allies. The swimmer claimed to have been hit twice by the man wearing the dress. Her husband, Louis Barker, said he spoke to her briefly as she locked herself in her room for nearly three hours to escape the protesters. On April 7, 2023, Gaines shared a video on Twitter in which she called the university an asylum and said it was run by students she called prisoners.
Riley Gaines Net Worth
Riley has a net worth of $100K. She earns via being a swimmer. She also earns via brand promotions.
Riley Gaines Relationship
Riley is married to her long-time boyfriend Louis Barke. They live happy life together. Louis helps Riley to grow in her swimming career.
Riley Gaines Education
Riley completed her schooling at Station Camp High School. Later, she joined the University of Kentucky to study Health Science.
Riley Gaines Twitter Account
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023
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Riley Gaines Physical Stats
|5 ft 7 in
Riley Gaines Wiki/Bio
|Date of Birth
|Taylor, Bradford, Neely
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