Mark SPITZ

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    9 G
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1950
Olympic Results

Biography

Mark SPITZ

Mark Spitz is one of the greatest swimmers of all time. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games.

Prediction backfires

American Mark Spitz had brashly predicted that he would win six gold medals at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Although he did take home two gold medals from the relays, he performed well below expectations in his individual races. He was third in the 100m freestyle, second in the 100m butterfly and last in the final of the 200m butterfly.

Seven golds

At the 1972 Munich Games, Spitz was determined to make up for his below-par performances four years earlier. He did not disappoint. Over a period of eight days, Mark Spitz entered seven events, won all seven and set a world record in every one.

Long-lasting record

Mark Spitz held the record for most gold medals won at a single Olympic Games for 36 years. It was finally broken by American phenomenon Michael Phelps who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
G
200 metres Butterfly
200 metres Butterfly Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

B
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
#8
200 metres Butterfly
200 metres Butterfly Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming