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
19 days 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.

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Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
19 days 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
19 days 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!

19 days ago

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

19 days ago

Rooting for him – give us old peeps some hope

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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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