CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Swimming's mystery man is back in the water.
Now, at age 30, Anthony Ervin has a chance to make a real splash at the London Olympics.
Ervin was a rising star when he captured gold and silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Games. But he was never comfortable with the limelight, and he retired at 22. He's vague about what he did during the next eight years, which only added to his aura. This much is known: He sold his gold medal to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and he lost his silver medal.
Maybe he can win more hardware this summer. Ervin quickly got up to speed less than a year into his comeback, showing he's a contender in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle.