Gaines, who was the 1981 SEC Athlete of the Year, frequently attends swimming events at Auburn where he serves as a public address announcer. He also does a variety of television work as a swimming analyst. He did that for NBC for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
During his exceptional career with the Tigers, he was an eight-time NCAA champion, who was named an All-American 22 times.
At the 1984 Olympics, Gaines won his gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. He trained under David Marsh, Auburn's current head coach, whose Auburn men's team is currently ranked No. 1 nationally and is the defending NCAA champion.
Gaines will become the 14th swimmer inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Gaines will be inducted with track star Evelyn Ashford, gymnast Shannon Miller and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, sprinter Bob Hayes (deceased) and Paralympian Diana Golden-Brosnihan (deceased).
The 1984 men's gymnastics team (Bart Conner, Tim Dagget, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Scott Johnson, Peter Vidmar and alternate Jim Mikus) will be honored along with "Miracle on Ice" hockey coach Herb Brooks (deceased) and speedskater Jack Shea (deceased).
The event will be taped in Chicago and will be televised on NBC Jan. 1 from 1:30-3 p.m.