Will Olympic Champion Anthony Ervin Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comAnthony 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.

Our intel is that Anthony Ervin is tapering with Coach David Marsh, and Marsh has a long history of getting talented sprinters into the right frame of mind to swim fast.  I think Anthony  finals in the 50m free at U.S. Olympic Trials.  I see a 21.79, which is fast, but not enough to make Team USA.  Anthony stands on deck in Omaha — after the final — passing the torch to the next generation, and I think his handshakes will be to Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew.   But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think. Bring me your best expert swimming analysis.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
7 months ago

Love Tony Ervin, but there’s no way he makes the team. Best case scenario is that he makes semis and finals and gets to enjoy his last trials.

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 months ago

This is the first time I’ve gotten a response from Mel! Very honored! And also I agree.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 months ago

He’s been off and on training with Andrew, and they show some race 50’s on their instagram…assuming both were in full training at the time, regardless of time, Michael Andrew was about 1 to 1.5 seconds ahead of Ervin…not bad for a 40 year old, but if you think Andrew will taper down a bit, and Ervin will taper down a bit, it’s hard to say if that gap will change very much.

I’m an old head too, so I am cheering for him to at least make the final at trials!

7 months ago

Ervin is an amazing swimmer and talent but I just cant see him making the team with the current depth in the 50.

7 months ago

Rooting for him – give us old peeps some hope

7 months ago

(Instead of being sceptic) I would absolutely love to see this dude going to the Olympics

7 months ago

Definitely not going to make the team, I don’t think he’ll go 21.7 either. He was 22.09 at 2017 nationals, 22.68 in 2018, 22.68 again in 2019 in February and recently went 23.41. I would have him going around 22.5 at Trials and making semis but not finals.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 months ago

I believe Tony will make the team. Hawaii does something to you and gives you that second life.

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cynthia curran
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
6 months ago

I think Dara Torres and masters swimmer Laura Val in their 40’s were exceptions to the rule. Torres in particular being able to make it, but Val being able to do 53 and 59 100 yard free and fly at a master meet when she was in her late 40’s about 20 years ago is exceptional too.

Reply to  swimfan210_
7 months ago

It’s gonna take something faster than a 22.5 to make semis.

7 months ago

I admire the guy, long career, ups and downs, but he’s being true to himself and that’s a rare thing these days. His success will not be judged by wins and losses.

Reply to  Horninxo
7 months ago

Was does that even mean in this context? “ Being true to himself”

Is that a rare thing?
Am I not being true to myself?

7 months ago

Has he even broken this year? It’s going to be tough to drop over 1.5 secs in the 50 in less than 3 months.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 months ago

I’d be goes 21.7 like you predicted then yes, he will make the Top 8.

I just can’t see a scenario where he beats the 7 listed below.
Dressel, Andrew, Adrian, Held, Chadwick, Curtiss, Apple.

Throw in anyone else like the many fast college freshman and that’s make 8.

7 months ago


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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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