It has got to be said: Anthony Ervin was the biggest comeback of 2012. After a nearly nine year absence from the pool, Ervin returned with a big splash in 2011 in the men’s 50 freestyle. It is the speed event, the show closer in swimming, and Ervin brought joy and showmanship to the race on his climb back to world-class status. There are no guarantees in the nitro event. One false move and you’re out of it. Ervin’s second place finish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, netting him a spot on the Olympic Team was earned, but it could’ve easily gone the other way. We, the swimming community, were the beneficiaries. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Ervin flinched on the blocks. Many swimming analysts believe that tiny mistake cost him a medal. Ervin is, of course, an Olympic gold medalist from his Sydney 2000 performance. With two Olympic Games under his belt, Ervin has his sights set firmly on a third trip to the biggest stage in swimming, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
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Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He is also the co-founder of SwimSwam. This video series is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com.