Anthony Ervin

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Anthony Ervin
Personal information
Full name Anthony Lee Ervin
Nickname(s) "Tony"
Nationality  United States
Born (1981-05-26) May 26, 1981 (age 32)
Valencia, California
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team University of California, Berkeley

Anthony Lee Ervin (born May 26, 1981) is an American international swimmer who has won two Olympic medals and two World Championship golds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle, and earned a silver medal as a member of the second-place U.S. relay team in the 4×100-meter freestyle event. He is the first swimmer of African American descent to medal in Olympic swimming.[1]

Ervin stopped swimming competitively at the age of 22 in 2003,[2] auctioned off his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay to aid survivors of the 2004 tsunami,[3][4][5] but he began to train again in 2011.[6]

Ervin competed in the 50-meter freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he placed fifth.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ervin was born in Hollywood, California. He is of European descent on his mother's side, and of African-American and Native American descent on his father's. He was raised in Valencia, California.[8][9][10][11] Ervin has described himself as a "practicing Zen Buddhist".[12]

While living in Santa Clarita, he swam for Canyons Aquatic Club, and also competed on the Hart High School's swim team in Newhall, California.[13] Anthony enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor's degree in English in 2010.[14]

He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in sport, culture and education at the University of California.[15]

International career[edit]

2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2000 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Ervin competed in two events: the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. In the final of the 100-meter freestyle, Ervin finished fifth with a time of 49.29, ensuring him a spot on the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.[16] In the final of the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin finished in second place behind Gary Hall Jr. with a time of 21.80.[17]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Ervin won one gold and one silver medal. In his first final, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Ervin teamed up with Gary Hall Jr., Neil Walker and Jason Lezak. Going into the final, the Americans had never lost the event at the Olympics. Ervin swam the leadoff leg in 48.89, the second best lead-off behind Michael Klim's world record time of 48.18. The American team ended up finishing in second place with a time of 3:13.86 behind Australia, who finished in a world record time of 3:13.67.[18] In the final of the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin tied Gary Hall Jr. for the gold with a time of 21.98.[19]

After the gold medal race, reporter Jim Gray asked Ervin what it felt like to be the first swimmer of African American descent to win gold. Referring to this moment in a 2012 interview, Ervin stated, "I didn't know a thing about what it was like to be part of the black experience. But now I do. It's like winning gold and having a bunch of old white people ask you what it's like to be black. That is my black experience."[20]

2001–2003[edit]

Ervin won two gold medals at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in the 50-meter freestyle[21] and the 100-meter freestyle.[22] He also competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay, but the U.S. relay team was disqualified.[23] At the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Ervin won silver medals in the 50 meter freestyle and 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Twelve years after competing in his last Olympics as a 19-year-old, Ervin qualified for his second U.S. Olympic team as a 31-year-old at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska by finishing second in the men's 50-meter freestyle. His time of 21.60 seconds was only one one-hundredth (0.01) of a second behind Cullen Jones (21.59) and also a personal best for Ervin.[24][25] At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he finished fifth in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.78 seconds.[26]

2013 World Championships[edit]

At the 2013 US National Championships, Ervin qualified to swim at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona by placing second in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.70, and third in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.49.

In his first event at the World Championships, Ervin combined with Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, and Jimmy Feigen in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, with the team finishing behind France. Swimming the third leg, Ervin recorded a split of 47.44, and the team finished with a final time of 3:11.44. Ervin's split was the fastest among the Americans.

In his only individual event, the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin entered the final as the second seed with a semifinal time of 21.42, a personal best for him and only 2-hundredths of a second behind the American Record. In the final, Ervin finished in 6th place with a time of 21.65.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ishof.org/black_history/trailblazers.htm
  2. ^ Barry Kelly (July 6, 2004). "Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin Gives Up Swimming, Fame and Money". The Daily Californian. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Erik Brady (June 27, 2012). "Anthony Ervin has no regrets, feels lucky to be at trials". USA Today. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pat Borzi (June 28, 2012). "Spreading Joy of Swimming, Ex-Olympian Finds It Again". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Paul Newberry (May 18, 2012). "Ervin, Swimming's Mystery Man, Returns to the Pool". Associated Press. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Pat Borzi (June 28, 2012). "Spreading Joy of Swimming, Ex-Olympian Finds It Again". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (July 1, 2012). "Anthony Ervin has no regrets, feels lucky to be at trials". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
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  10. ^ Pat Borzi (June 28, 2012). "Spreading Joy of Swimming, Ex-Olympian Finds It Again". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Lisa Dillman (August 14, 2000). "Winning Isn't Only Thing in Men's 100 Freestyle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.bobschaller.com/SplashIrv.pdf
  13. ^ MaNishtana (February 14, 2011). "Today in Black Jewish History Month, Anthony Ervin". manishtana.net. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ John Crumpacker (June 27, 2012). "Anthony Ervin back in swimming after decade off". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ Pat Borzi (June 28, 2012). "Spreading Joy of Swimming, Ex-Olympian Finds It Again". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2000 US Olympic Team Trials – Men's 100 m freestyle results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "2000 US Olympic Team Trials – Men’s 50 m freestyle results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ "2000 Sydney Olympic Games – Men’s 4x100 m freestyle relay results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "2000 Sydney Olympic Games – Men's 50 m freestyle results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/videos/olympics-2012-gold-medal-swimmer-anthony-ervin-is-out-to-reclaim-his-title-20120727
  21. ^ "FINA: 9th World Championships 50m". swimrankings.net. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "FINA: 9th World Championships 100m". swimrankings.net. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "FINA: 9th World Championships 4X100 freestyle". swimrankings.net. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  24. ^ USA Swimming (July 1, 2012). "2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER". USA Swimming. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  25. ^ Associated Press (July 1, 2012). "He's baaack: Anthony Ervin going back to Olympics after finishing 2nd in 50 free at US trials". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Swimming results". NBC Olympics Coverage. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 

External links[edit]


Records
Preceded by
South Africa Roland Schoeman
Men's 50-meter freestyle
world record-holder (short course)

March 23, 2000 – January 28, 2001
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Mark Foster