Mark Spitz: The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion

By: Foster, Richard J.

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Documenting his legendary performances at the 1972 Olympics--winning seven gold medals while breaking seven world records--this is the first biography to chronicle the amazing life story of renowned athlete Mark Spitz. Every aspect of his roller-coaster career is recorded, from an age-group prodigy and four-medal "flop" at the 1968 Olympics to an outstanding collegiate career at Indiana University and a gold-medal haul in 1972 followed by lucrative endorsements and an unsuccessful stint in entertainment. Personal stories are also included such as the role Spitz's father played in his career, stormy relationships with coaches and teammates, experiences as a Jewish athlete amidst anti-Semitism and the Munich massacre, and his impact on the commercialization of swimming. Career insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Spitz and his competitors shed light on his complicated personality and round out the details of this swimming icon's story for old and new fans alike.

Title: Mark Spitz: The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion

Author Name: Foster, Richard J.

Categories: Swimming & Surfing,

Edition: First American Edition

Publisher: Santa Monica, California, U.S.A., Santa Monica Press: 2008

ISBN Number: 1595800395

ISBN Number 13: 9781595800398

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 043812

Description: Shelf wear. Binding tight, pages unmarked. One hole punched in jacket bar code. Black & white photographs