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Mark Spitz

Swimmer Mark Spitz

Profession: Swimmer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Mark Spitz won an unprecedented seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Even more remarkably they were all won in world record time. He had previously won two gold relay medals, a silver and a bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Spitz retired from competitive swimming after Munich aged just 22 years old. He attempted a comeback for 1992 Olympic games after he was offered 1 million dollars but failed to qualify.

Spitz's record 7 records in swimming held for 36 years until Michael Phelps eclipsed it in 2008 by winning eight golds.

Born: February 10, 1950
Birthplace: Modesto, California, USA
Age: 70 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius

Events in the Life of Mark Spitz

  • 1968-10-17 US men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Ken Walsh & Mark Spitz swim world record 3:31.7 to outclass the Soviet Union & Australia and win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1972-08-28 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-08-31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • 1972-08-31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-03 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78
  • 1972-09-04 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games

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