Anthony Ervin, The Story Behind His Tattoos and Why He’s Shooting for Rio 2016 – Gold Medal Minute Video

  25 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | March 11th, 2013 | Gold Medal Minute, News | Sponsored by: SwimOutlet.com

Anthony Ervin is a two-time Olympian, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, three-time World Champion, and seven-time NCAA champion.

Ervin won gold and silver at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games.  In the 4×100 freestyle relay, Ervin swam with Gary Hall Jr., Neil Walker and Jason Lezak. Ervin leadoff with a 48.89, a great swim for him and Team USA. It was not enough. The United States lost to Australia, the first US loss in this event in Olympic history. In the 50 freestyle, Ervin tied Gary Hall Jr. for the gold medal in a time of 21.98.

Ervin retired from competition at 22 years old in 2003. He made a comeback in 2011, a quick return to pro form and top speed. Ervin made the 2012 US Olympic Swim Team in the 50 freestyle. Many swimming analysts believe Ervin would have medaled at the 2012 London Olympics, however, he dislocated his shoulder in the prelims causing him to be reticent in the Olympic final. Ervin suffered a poor start and was last off the blocks. Ervin got 5th place with a time of 21.78.

Ervin is continuing his competitive swimming career with his sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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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.

Anthony Ervin Tattoo Photos

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin, tattoo photos (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

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25 Comments on "Anthony Ervin, The Story Behind His Tattoos and Why He’s Shooting for Rio 2016 – Gold Medal Minute Video"

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Cool video! He seems like a really cool guy.

jean Michel

He is defenetly a great guy and an owesome talent . When i see his race back in 2001 worlds on 100 free , His first 50 meters were just fabulous . To come back how he did and the way he did it and qualify to London ( we all know he could have won that final in the 50 ) , I just say : ” Bravo ” and thank you for the thrills . I wish him the best for 2013 and towards Rio .

Going 21.3.. sorry but can´t agree with that.. Maybe Adrian.. but not him by now..

Philip Johnson

I agree, Ervin has worked hard to come back, but that can’t explain it all. There has to be some natural talent there that has made this come back possible. If he only didn’t walk away after such a young age…

Tough to live life saying “if only.” There is no guarantee he would have the passion he has now had he not walked away from swimming. Bravo to him for forging his own path. Go Bears!

andrew pressmore

Absolutely. He has taken the road less traveled, but can come back to the “main” road. He is an inspiration to so, so many.

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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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