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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1 year ago

When is his next meet? Hopefully, he’ll get another shot this year! Will CAL men’s team be swimming in Indiana when they got tested positive yesterday for COVID? Wondering how long they’ll be staying at OTC, if in fact, they were tested there.

1 year ago

Sorry to say, nope.

1 year ago


1 year ago

Yes…epic is the word…and if he makes the team that would be….awesome and amazing….hey just still competing is out of this world cool…legend in many ways…the trails are going to be so RAD!!!

Sam B
1 year ago

he would definitely have the cut, in Uzbekistan, these days. But hopefully here too, I wish him another medal in Tokyo!

Reply to  Sam B
1 year ago

Yeah, but there he’d finish first only to miss the podium…

1 year ago

I think Ervins Olympic story has been told. And it was a glorious one. He’s not defined as a success or failure this year based on making the team or not. Continuing on 20+ years after winning in Sydney and making the most remarkable comeback the sports ever seen is a dub all on its own

1 year ago

I don’t think he’s been consistent enough to make it, I think it hasn’t been a priority (which is fine). He has a lot he can still add to this sport though, hopefully he sticks around to inspire the next generation.

The Truth
1 year ago

Tony Ervin will be the first man under 20.0 in the 50m free. Mark my words

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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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