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How Well Elephants Swim?

If you enjoy watching animals on television, you may have seen elephants in the wild playing with water. Even at a safari park, elephants are frequently seen splashing about in their enclosure’s pool. Elephants clearly enjoy the water, which is quite evident. But how well can elephants swim? Elephants can swim for long distances. They …

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How Does Tolerance Influence Olympic Swimming Results?

Olympic swimming is notorious for awarding ties. However, for the first time in history, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, three Olympians were awarded silver medals.  Pools were not designed to the millimeter tolerances required to measure thousandths of a second. As a result, Olympic swimming is timed only in hundredths of a second. This method …

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Meet Anthony Ervin, a swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, retired at 22, begun abusing drugs, at one moment being hardly able to raise from a sofa for days on end. In 2011 he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal.

Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin Makes His Olympic Comeback After Drug Problems and Attempted Suicide At 35, former gold medalist Anthony Ervin is making a comeback Many of Anthony Ervin‘s competitors were just learning to read and write the last time he won a gold medal, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, before he abruptly retired …

Meet Anthony Ervin, a swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, retired at 22, begun abusing drugs, at one moment being hardly able to raise from a sofa for days on end. In 2011 he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal. Read More »