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Mark Spitz

Full name: Mark Andrew Spitz
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: February 10, 1950 in Modesto, California, United States
Affiliations: Arden Hills Swim Club, Sacramento (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 9 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (11 Total)

Biography

After five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games, great things were expected of Mark Spitz at the 1968 Olympics, but he surprisingly failed to win an individual event. Before the 1972 Olympics, however, Spitz became undoubtedly the world's greatest swimmer, and considered by many the greatest ever. In 1971 he became the first swimmer to win four individual AAU titles at one meet, setting three world records in the process. The next week, at a meet in East Germany, he won all four events again, this time breaking all four world records. The performance made him an overwhelming choice for the 1971 Sullivan Award. At the 1972 Olympics, Spitz set an Olympic record by winning seven gold medals, all of them in world-record time, the seven gold medals broken only in 2008 by Michael Phelps. Overall, he won 24 AAU championships, eight NCAA titles (while at Indiana University), and set 32 world records. After the 1972 Olympics he capitalized on his fame through various commercial interests, and invested heavily in California real estate. He returned to competition in 1991 with the aim of making the Olympic team the following year but, as he was over 40 years of age, it was a forlorn hope and an unfortunate end to a career of unrivaled achievements.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 2 Silver
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 8
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 3 53.0
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 53.8
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 54.6
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 51.22
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 52.43
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 52.46

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 1:52.78
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 1:55.29

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:31.7 52.7 2:38.9
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:26.42 50.90 3:26.41

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States USA Final 1 7:52.3 2:00.5 5:57.7
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 7:35.78 1:54.24 7:35.77

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 2 56.4
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 57.4
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 58.5
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 54.27
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 55.98
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 56.45

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 8 2:13.5
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:10.6
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 2:00.70
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 2:02.11

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 22 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:48.16 54.28 2:56.47