Mark Spitz

full name: Mark Andrew Spitz
bio: One of the great Olympic champions of the past, and considered by many to be one of the greatest swimmers of all time. In 1972 he won seven gold medals at the Munich Games, and won them all in world record time. This is a record for winning the most gold medals at one Olympic Games, and he also shares the record for most gold medals overall (nine, in 1968 and 1972). His 1972 victories were in the 100-m and 200-m freestyle, the 100-m and 200-m butterfly, and as a member of three relay teams. In 1968, at Mexico City, he won gold medals in two relays, a silver in the 100-m butterfly, and a bronze in the 100-m freestyle.
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born: 1950
Modesto, California
physical attributes
(in 1972):
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Arm Span: 187 cm
sport: swimming
team / club: USA
event: 100m, 200m freestyle, 100m, 200m butterfly
personal bests:  
achievements: (gold medal Olympic performances only listed)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay 1968 1st
  • 4x200m freestyle relay 1968 1st
  • 4x100m medley relay 1972 1st
  • 4x100m freestyle relay 1972 1st
  • 4x200m freestyle relay 1972 1st
  • 100m freestyle 1972 1st 51.22 sec (world record)
  • 200m freestyle 1972 1st 1:52.78 (world record)
  • 100m butterfly 1972 1st 54.27 (world record)
  • 200m butterfly 1972 1st 2:00.70 (world record)
what you may not know:
  • Spitz excelled as a child, by 10 years of age he held 17 national age-group records and one world record.
  • During his career, Spitz set 27 new world records and equaled many others.
  • He won more gold medals in one sport in a single Olympics than any other athlete.
  • A world record was set in all his seven victories at the Munich Olympics.
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