Mark Spitz, one of the greatest swimmers ever, won 7 gold medals in the 1972 olympic games in Munich Germany. Ending his career with 9 olympic gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

Mark Spitz, one of the greatest swimmers ever, won 7 gold medals in the 1972 olympic games in Munich Germany. Ending his career with 9 olympic gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

Michael Phelps has paid tribute to swimming legend Mark Spitz by mimicking his iconic pose...

Michael Phelps pays tribute to swimming legend Mark Spitz

Michael Phelps has paid tribute to swimming legend Mark Spitz by mimicking his iconic pose...

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Mark Spitz - Seven golds - Munich 1972 Olympic Games - YouTube

Mark Spitz - Seven golds - Munich 1972 Olympic Games - YouTube

Mark Spitz's seven-gold haul: part coronation, part redemption #MemorableMoments (Getty Images)

Mark Spitz's seven-gold haul: part coronation, part redemption

Mark Spitz's seven-gold haul: part coronation, part redemption #MemorableMoments (Getty Images)

Mark Spitz (1950- ) Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 world records. He was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971 and 1972.

Mark Spitz (1950- ) Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 world records. He was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971 and 1972.

Mark Spitz.  His medal tally may have been surpassed by Michael Phelps but this photo of Mark Spitz with his medals  & stars-and-stripes swimming briefs remains positively iconic.

Mark Spitz. His medal tally may have been surpassed by Michael Phelps but this photo of Mark Spitz with his medals & stars-and-stripes swimming briefs remains positively iconic.

Mark Spitz Olympic swimmer and Gold medalist, that's right Mark is from Modesto also!

Mark Spitz Olympic swimmer and Gold medalist, that's right Mark is from Modesto also!

American swimmer Mark Spitz on the top step of the podium for the 100m butterfly. In all, Spitz won no fewer than seven gold medals at the Olympic Games in Munich: in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley and the 4x200m freestyle relay. Mark Spitz held the record for the largest number of gold medals won at a single edition of the Games for 36 years. ©Keystone

American swimmer Mark Spitz on the top step of the podium for the 100m butterfly. In all, Spitz won no fewer than seven gold medals at the Olympic Games in Munich: in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley and the 4x200m freestyle relay. Mark Spitz held the record for the largest number of gold medals won at a single edition of the Games for 36 years. ©Keystone

TIME Cover: Mark Spitz  US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals

TIME Cover: Mark Spitz US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals

Mark Spitz can legitimately claim the title of second-best American swimmer in history. His mark of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics has only been eclipsed by Michael Phelps’ record of eight in the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Mark Spitz can legitimately claim the title of second-best American swimmer in history. His mark of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics has only been eclipsed by Michael Phelps’ record of eight in the 2008 Beijing Games.

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