Sure, many athletes have competed in multiple Olympic Games. Many have won multiple individual golds. But doing so 16 years apart? That’s an exclusive group. In fact, membership may consist solely of Anthony Ervin.
Sixteen years after tying for the Olympic title in the 50 meter freestyle at the Sydney Games, Ervin returned to swimming’s grandest stage in 2016 and sprinted to the top of the podium once again – in the process becoming the oldest swimmer to ever win individual gold.
To say the 35-year-old took the road less traveled to Rio is an understatement.
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