Monday, February 13, 2017 - Updated: 9:57 AM
Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin will speak at Murray State University on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. inside the Curris Center ballroom. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board. The event has been re-scheduled from its original date of Feb. 8.
Ervin is a U.S. Olympic gold medalist, former world record holder in the 50 meter freestyle and former world champion in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle.
In the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Ervin swam to his first gold in the 50 meter freestyle, becoming the fastest man on the planet. Sixteen years later, Ervin was again crowned Olympic champion in the 50 meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After winning his first Olympic gold, two world championships and seven NCAA titles, Ervin retired at the young age of 22. Ervin then spent several years traveling the world and exploring other interests, including higher education, music, tattoos, teaching people all over the world about swimming, and tsunami flood relief. Ervin’s vision is to use his experiences and his platform as a chance to give back and inspire people of all ages to live the life they love. Ervin’s story is especially unique in that his family tree represents a broad demographic of Jewish, Native American and African American decent.