Everybody loves a good comeback story, no? Ervin made his Olympic debut in 2000 at the age of 19, where he won gold in the 50m free and a silver with the historical 4x100m relay team. After a sudden retirement Anthony replaced swimming with drugs, rock’n roll, and a serious struggle with mental illness. He returned to the pool to clean up his act (and kick a cigarette habit), eventually getting back to peak form and making his second Olympic team in 2012. At the age of 35 he shocked the world with another Olympic appearance in Rio, and won his second gold in the 50m free - sixteen years after his first.
Describe yourself in three words:
Swimmer, educator, rock’n roller
Do you believe in aliens?
A simple yes or no does not justify the scientific and mystic answer I'd want to give.
What'd you want to be when you grew up?
Marine biologist or astronaut
If money, logistics, and risk of injury were not factors, what would you pick for the adrenaline dump of a lifetime?
Related to being an astronaut: going to space
Proudest accomplishment, professional:
Watching swimmers I have mentored come into their own
Proudest accomplishment, non-pro:
Making it to my nieces' birthday party
What mantra keeps you going when the going gets tough:
"Take a little extra rest now, then fire it up to finish the set" -- Hey, I'm a sprinter after all
Favorite Place in the US:
Coffee -- that is food, right?
3x Olympic Gold Medalist (50m free (x2), 4x100m)
World & National Champion
3x U.S. Olympian (2000, 2012, 2016)
Multi-time National Team Captain