September 4, — Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games. He bodaciously predicted to the press that he would win six Gold Medals at this Olympics. He did take home the Silver Medal in the meter butterfly, after being beaten by fellow American Doug Russell by a half second, despite holding the world record and having beaten Russell the previous ten times they had swum against each other that year.
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But his sporting success might have been greater still if he had come out as gay while competing, says one of the great Olympic swimmers. If he didn't have to worry about things like that he may have been more focused. To me, it could only have been a more positive experience.
Tall and lean, his body the color of California redwood, Mark Spitz stands in the evolutionary scale of our imagination as the living embodiment of 70's Man. His seven gold medals, freshly minted from the Munich Olympic Games, hang from his neck like so many medallions at a disco. The neatened mustache speaks of an electric trimmer.
Former American Olympic swimmer Mark Spits has said Ian Thorpe may have been ever more successful if he'd come out as gay earlier. An American world champion swimmer has said that Australia's greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe may have enjoyed even greater successes if he had not been weighed down by the burden of his sexuality. Seven-time gold medallist Mark Spitz told Fairfax he believes Thorpe could have broken more records if he didn't have to deal with such intense emotional pressure out of the water.
On the June day after Nolan Ryan, a year-old adult, pitched his sixth no-hitter, Mark Spitz, a year-old adult, made the customary minute walk from his home in Westwood to the outdoor pool at UCLA. He footed it up one hill, traversed a tony suburban neighborhood, stuttered down a steep incline to the gate, and then, under a splendorous California sky, slipped backward two decades in time. In tennis shorts and a baggy T-shirt, with flecks of gray in his black hair and just the slightest hint of fleshy jiggle to his thighs, he is clearly different from the toyear-olds who will swim with him this day.
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