Mark Spitz won a total of 11 Olympic medals in 1968 and 1972. After winning two gold medals in the 1968 Olympics in relay events and a silver and bronze in his individual events, Mark knew he had to do more to prove he was the greatest swimmer in the world. He returned four years later to win 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics"and set the world record for the most medals won in a single Olympic games. Mark held his record for 36 years, before Michael Phelps broke it in 2008. From 1965-1972, Mark set 33 world records and was named "World Swimmer of the Year" three times.
Mark is also one of the most decorated athletes outside the Olympics. He was voted "Athlete of the Century" in water sports and one of six greatest Olympians ever by Sports Illustrated. Recently, the International Olympic Committee selected Mark as one of five "Athletes of the Century."