Anthony Ervin Discusses Olympic Podium Protests

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

Anthony Ervin, the oldest individual Olympic gold medalist in swimming history, is savoring his last run-up to U.S. Olympic Trials.  At 40 years old, his experience is unique, and, personally, very meaningful. He laughed at my 50m free prediction game video, but he appreciated that I forecasted him under 22 seconds. Anthony isn’t sure he’ll be under 22 seconds at U.S. Olympic Trials, but he did share that he’s feeling moments of that familiar-sprint-flow in training with Coach David Marsh.

I asked Anthony to come on the SwimSwam Podcast to discuss the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Rule 50 recommendations, which were recently released. It is the hot-button issue right now—centered around Olympic Podium Protests.  In a respectful way as an Olympic statesman, Anthony publicly pushed back a bit on his Instagram account. He felt the need to make his voice heard. Anthony unpacks his thoughts in detail on this topic.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Man, wish the “sprint flow” was ever “familiar.” For that matter, ever experienced.

1 month ago

great interview Gashouse Mel! 👍🏾

Breaking Bad News
1 month ago

Speaking of public displays of protest, this just in…

Breaking Bad News
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1 month ago
American Swimmer
Reply to  Breaking Bad News
1 month ago

The irony is that despite not having tons of vaccines they’re all doing fine. Better in fact that my state of NY which is going crazy about lockdowns, masks, and vaccines. I wish I had the Japanese government.

The facts
Reply to  American Swimmer
1 month ago

Japan didn’t send a large amount of infected patients in nursing homes either courtesy of Fredo’s older brother.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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