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Category: Medal Winners, Olympic Athletes, Swimmers

Highlights: Mark Spitz is an Olympic swimming gold medalist and former world record-holder. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps.

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Considered one of the greatest American swimmers of all-time, Mark Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Games, including seven at the latter Olympics in Munich, Germany, a feat that stood as a record for 36 years until Michael Phelps bested that number with eight in 2008. Incredibly, Spitz set world records in winning each of the seven events. He additionally won a silver and bronze at the 1968 Summer Games. Spitz is one of just five Olympians to ever win nine or more gold medals in a career, joining Phelps, Carl Lewis, Larisa Latynina and Paavo Nurmi.

Although Spitz dominated the Munich Olympics, his achievements were overshadowed by the attack by a Palestinian terrorist group who kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli Olympic team members. Spitz left Munich early over concerns that he might have been a target as well since he was Jewish. He retired after the 1972 Olympics at the age of 22. In addition to his success at the Olympics, Spitz also five gold medals at the Pan American Games, 10 gold medals at the Maccabiah Games, 24 AAU titles and eight NCAA championships. A summary of his accolades include…

  • James E. Sullivan Award (1971)
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • United States Olympic Hall of Fame
  • International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • National Jewish Museum Hall of Fame
  • Long Beach City College Hall of Fame
  • San Jose Sports Hall of Fame
  • Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame

Born on February 10, 1950 in Modesto, California, Spitz began swimming at an early age and by 10 years old, he held 17 national records and one world record for his age group. He attended college at the University of Indiana. After retiring from competition, Spitz dabbled in acting and appeared in “Emergency!” and in a special hosted by Bob Hope. He later went into real estate, stock brokerage and private equity. In 2012, Spitz authored the book “The Extraordinary Life of An Olympic Champion”.

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