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Mark Spitz Short Bio

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Mark Spitz Short Bio

"You should have seen that little boy dash into the ocean. He'd run like he was trying to commit suicide." Lenore Spitz April 12, 1968. That was Mark Spitz when he was very young. Mark Spitz was the oldest of 3 children in his family. His parents were Arnold and Lenore Spitz, they introduced Mark to swimming since he started to walk.

Mark was introduced to swimming as soon as he could walk. His dad, Arnold Spitz who was an executive for a steel company, moved to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. Mark swam at the ocean everyday, running like suicide on the beach. He moved back to California, where he also now lives.

At the age of 15, at the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv in August 1965, Spitz won four gold medals and was named the most outstanding athlete. That was the beginning of the long list of achievements he will make. In the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Spitz won 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Many people expected him to do better than that and he did in 1972 when spits became the first person ever to get 6 medals in 1 Olympiad. Then he got another medal

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