Anthony Ervin Has More to Prove in 2013 – Gold Medal Minute

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

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7 years ago

Great videos, keep ’em coming Mel!

Jean Michel
7 years ago

I would love to see him on that 400 free relay but he hasn’t got to his 2001 100 free speed …but i hope he can improve on that 100 for sure . His 50 will be strong IF he gets his start improved ….that’s the key for Anthony . Good luck , looking forward to that 50 free Trial race .

Jean Michel
7 years ago

Mel , in the second vid , it seems u forgot that 100 free victory over VanDen Hoogenband . That was in 2001 world championships . Great first 50 from Anthony . Just sayin …… great work anyway .

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7 years ago

Does Ervin plan on going till Rio? He will be 35 36 by 2016? If so.. he will focus solely on 50?

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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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