Anthony Ervin, the oldest individual Olympic gold medalist in swimming history, emerged at the Mission Pro Swim. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if he had retired or not, but I was not surprised to see him in action. We all know Anthony’s different, following the warrior poet’s path, racing for a higher purpose. Now, rolling into 40 years old, his age at U.S. Olympic Trials, he has confirmed he’s going for it.
Will he make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team at 40? I would love to witness that, but I don’t think it’s in the cards…and I’m not sure Anthony is judging his success this summer that way either. Anthony’s already the oldest individual Olympic gold medalist, and I think he’s enjoying his elder statesman status. I believe him when he says he wants to be on deck to pass the torch to the next generation of U.S. sprinters. However, you’d be foolish to dismiss his dangerous sprint gear. When Anthony’s flowing with the right rhyme, he’s fast. Muscle memory could put him over the edge.
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