The Olympic swimmer reveals the wild and challenging journey that took place between two gold medals: "Inspiring, humorous, and often profound."--People Magazine
Anthony Ervin is an Olympic swimmer who won the gold at nineteen--and that may be one of the least interesting things about him. An athlete of Jewish and African-American descent who is also a practicing Buddhist, he auctioned off the medal he won in Sydney to help raise funds for victims of the 2004 tsunami. He had grown up battling Tourette's syndrome, and later struggled with suicidal depression, drinking and drugs, and a period of homelessness.
This blend of memoir and biography, written by Ervin in collaboration with trainer Constantine Markides, is part spiritual quest, part self-destructive bender involving Zen temples, fast motorcycles, tattoo parlors, and rock 'n' roll bands--revealing the journey that preceded his remarkable 2016 Olympic comeback as the oldest individual gold medal winner in swimming.Winner of the 2018 Buck Dawson Author Award presented by the International Swimming Hall of Fame
"Gripping...Readers will understand the psyche and life of elite athletes as never before."--Library Journal
"A celebrated Olympian recounts how he rose to the top of his sport, crashed, and found redemption...The author never flinches at revealing his less-than-perfect past, and the humility he demonstrates at coming to terms with his own egotism and personal shortcomings makes the book frequently compelling. A provocative and refreshingly honest redemption memoir."--Kirkus Reviews