Mark Spitz was born in 1950. In 1972 he won seven medals at Munich and set a world record in all of the events. The events he won medals in were three relays, two freestyles, and two butterflies. In 1968 he won two gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal at Mexico City. He tried a comeback in 1991. He tied with Matt Biondi for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. male swimmer. He was behind only Ray Ewry for the most Olympic medals won by an individual male ever. (He tied with Carl Lewis.) He was known for his belief in himself. That perdicted wrongly that he would win six gold medals in 1968 at Mexico City. In 1971 he won the James E. Sullivan Award. He was the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1972.
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