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Anthony Ervin

Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer; Author, Chasing Water

After winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Ervin completed a circuitous 16-year comeback in the Rio Games. The oldest swimmer to win a gold in any individual race, Ervin - 2016 team co-captain of the most successful Olympic swim team in history - shares the story of how he discovered what truly mattered in his life, helping him to find peace and achieve Olympic greatness.

Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian

Every four years in the Olympic cycle, the surge of national interest in swimming grows, and with it a desire to be captivated by its stars. In this dazzling keynote, Ervin tells the dramatic, surprising, and sometimes provocative path that led him to become one of the most captivating Olympic heroes. Do not think of this as a typical keynote speech, but more a reflection of Ervin's restless, multifaceted life.

Meet Anthony Ervin

After winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Ervin completed a circuitous 16-year comeback in the Rio Games. The oldest swimmer to win a gold in any individual race, Ervin - 2016 team co-captain of the most successful Olympic swim team in history - shares the story of how he discovered what truly mattered in his life, helping him to find peace and achieve Olympic greatness.

Anthony Ervin struck gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, making history by reclaiming the Olympic title he first won as a teenager at the 2000 Sydney Games. After his win in Sydney, Ervin retired from the sport to find himself, setting off on a journey that was part spiritual quest, part self-destructive bender, involving Zen temples, motorcycles, tattoo parlors, and rock ‘n’ roll. Through this journey, Ervin explored a slew of identity labels that had plied his entire career: African-American yet passes for White, Jewish yet celebrates Christmas, the diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, and the “rebel Olympian” image bolstered by auctioning off his 2000 gold medal to donate the proceeds to 2004 tsunami relief. In 2012, after being away from the sport for over a decade, Ervin resurfaced to make not only the U.S. Olympic team but to swim faster than ever before. In Rio, his circuitous comeback was complete: the oldest swimmer to win a gold in any individual race, he once again earned the title of fastest swimmer on the planet. Ervin speaks on his life’s journey, starting at hitting bottom after he won gold, only to find his way to the top of the world once again. Ervin’s memoir, Chasing Water, chronicles his incredible journey and was released in 2016 by Akashic.

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