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Mark Spitz 1972 Olympics The hero of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich was American Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals in swimming and set seven world records in the process. Here is an IOC profile of the great Spitz. (His feats are being relegated to the history books because of the sensational exploits of Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.)
Tags: Mark  Spitz  Olympics  swimming 
Added: 15th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Cathy on 2008-08-16 
Mark Spitz never had those fancy head caps and the bathing suit he used wasn't high tech but something you could find department store.

Quite a long standing record regardless.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-16 
Because the new-age swimsuits are certainly giving today's swimmers a technical advantage over their counterparts in the past, a recent letter that appeared in Sports Illustrated suggested that swimmers ought to compete in the nude.

I'm not quite sure if the letter writer was serious or not.
Posted by: Cathy on 2008-08-16 
I think I'd like that Lava!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-08-16 
In the early olympics athletes competed in the nude. If it was done today the the phones and e-mails would blow up their system.
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-08-17 
Someone clear up a question I've been pondering. Was it Mark Spitz who publicly announced that he was suffering from AIDS?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-17 
Naomi, according to Mark Spitz's Wikipedia entry, he's been known to suffer from high cholesterol, kidney stones, and acid reflux--but not AIDS. I think you've confused Spitz with someone else.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-17 
In 1992 Spitz announced he was going to try for an unlikely comeback to qualify for the '92 Olympic team. He didn't come close. In fact, swimming had gotten so competitive that his world record times from 1972 would not have qualified him for the 1992 U. S. swim team.
Posted by: roseanns1 on 2008-08-18 
In answer to your question Naomi, i thought it was Greg Louganis the diver.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-18 
Ah yes, Roseanns1, it was Greg Louganis who announced not long after the 1988 Seoul Olympics that he was HIV-positive.

You might recall this revelation spurred a great deal of discussion about 'rights to privacy'--considering that Louganis suffered a nasty gash on his head after banging his head on the diving platform.
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