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Chasing Water author Anthony Ervin wins 2 Olympic gold medals!

Anthony ErvinHUGE congratulations to Anthony Ervin, who won two gold medals at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio!

At age thirty-five, Ervin became the oldest-ever individual Olympic swimming gold medalist when he placed first in the men’s 50-meter freestyle on Friday. He also won a gold medal earlier in the week for his part in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Anthony Ervin was interviewed at Democracy Now! following his historic win; click here to watch. See below for information on his book.

Congratulations, Anthony!


ChasingWater-2ndPrintng-CVR-SPR-SPINE.inddChasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides

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. This book tells the dramatic, surprising, and sometimes provocative path that Anthony Ervin has taken to become one of those captivating Olympic heroes. Not your typical sports memoir, Chasing Water also contains arresting black-and-white drawings and a graphic story extra, as well as an inventive and mercurial narrative style that morphs chapter by chapter to reflect Ervin’s restless, multifaceted life.

Ervin won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at the age of nineteen. He is an athlete branded with a slew of titles including being the first US Olympic swimmer of African American descent, along with Jewish heritage, who also grew up with Tourette’s syndrome. He shocked the sporting world by retiring soon after claiming two world titles following the 2000 Olympics. Auctioning off his gold medal for charity, he set off on a part spiritual quest, part self-destructive bender that involved Zen temples, fast motorcycles, tattoo parlors, and rock ’n’ roll bands. Then Ervin resurfaced in 2012 to not only make the US Olympic team twelve years after his first appearance, but to continue his career by swimming faster than ever before.

At the Rio Olympics in August 2016, Ervin “wrote” the most fitting afterword to his astonishing story, winning two gold medals, becoming the oldest swimmer (from any nation) to win a gold medal in an individual race, and—in finishing first in the 50-meter freestyle—once again earning the title of fastest human in water.

Posted: Aug 15, 2016

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