Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mark Spitz Wins Seven Gold Medals

Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics on September 4.
September 4, 1972
It was on this day that Mark “the Shark” Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Besides setting a record for the most gold medals won in a single sport, Spitz also set a new record for each of those seven events. Spitz had commented before the seventh event, 100m freestyle that he was reluctant to participate. "I know I say I don't want to swim before every event but this time I'm serious. If I swim six and win six, I'll be a hero. If I swim seven and win six, I'll be a failure." His impressive record was kept until swimmer Michael Phelps won eight medals at the 2008 Olympics.