Mark Spitz’s Will To Win And Work Led To Golden Years


In 1968, Mark Spitz promised his fans that he would bring home no fewer than six gold medals from the Mexico City Olympics. Instead, the swashbuckling swimmer took silver in the 100-meter butterfly, bronze in the 100-meter freestyle and two gold medals in his team relay events.

Meanwhile, he came in last in the 200-meter butterfly and didn’t win any solo race.

His take? He could do better.

“I considered myself a failure,” Spitz, now 65, told IBD from his home in Los Angeles.

Still, he knew that worrying about drowned dreams was a waste of time. So he focused his goggles on 1972 and the Munich Games.

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