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How much is Mark Spitz’s net worth?

Mark Spitz is a former American Olympic gold medalist swimmer who has a net worth of $8 million. Mark Spitz is one of the most decorated and popular American Olympians of all time. He is a nine-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, he was the most successful competitor, winning seven gold medals, each in world record time. This feat set a record that stood for 36 years until it was surpassed by compatriot Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, with Phelps, like Spitz, setting seven world records.

Early life

Spitz was born on February 10, 1950 in Modesto, California, the first of three children of Lenore Sylvia (Smith) and Arnold Spitz. His family is Jewish; His father’s family came from Hungary and his mother’s, originally nicknamed “Sklotkovick,” came from Russia. When Spitz was two years old, his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he swam every day at Waikiki Beach.

At the age of six, his family returned to Sacramento, California, and he began participating in his local swimming club. At age nine, he trained at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with swimming coach Sherm Chavoor, who had coached six other Olympic medalists. At just ten years old, Spitz had a world record in his age category and 17 national records.

When Spitz was 14, his family moved to Santa Clara, where he joined the Santa Clara Swim Club and was coached by coach George F. Haines. From 1964 to 1968, Mark coached at Haines at SCSC and Santa Clara High School. During his four years there, Mark held national high school records in all swimming styles and distances.

In 1966, at the age of 16, he won the 100-meter butterfly at the AAU Championships, the first of his 24 AAU titles. The following year, Spitz entered the world swimming podium when he set his first world record with a time of 4:10.60 in the 400 meter freestyle during a small competition in California.

Swimming career

Spitz competed in his first international competition at the 1965 Maccabiah Games in Israel. At the age of 15 and weighing 60 kilograms, he won four gold medals in Tel Aviv – 400 m freestyle, 1,500 m freestyle, 400 m individual medley and 800 m freestyle relay – and was named the most outstanding athlete of the Games. After the Olympic Games in Mexico, he returned to Israel in 1969 to compete again in the 1969 Maccabiah Games. This time he won six gold medals. He was once again named the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games. In 1985, Spitz lit the torch at the opening of the 1985 Maccabiah Games. In 2005, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2005 Maccabiah Games.

He won five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games, setting a record that stood until 2007, when Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira won six gold medals at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Spitz already held ten world records and boldly predicted that he would win six gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. However, he only won two gold medals with the team: the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:31.70 and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:52.33.

Spitz was disappointed with his performance at the 1968 Olympics. In January 1969, he decided to attend Indiana University to train with legendary Indiana Hoosiers swimming coach Doc Counsilman, who was also his Olympic coach in Mexico City. He called choosing Indiana and Councilman “the biggest decision of my life (and) the best.” While at Indiana, Spitz won eight individual NCAA titles. In 1971, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as the United States’ top amateur athlete. Spitz also set a number of world records at the 1972 U.S. Olympic swimming qualifiers in Portage Park in Chicago. His teammates nicknamed him “Mark the Shark.”

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Spitz returned to repeat his bid to win six gold medals. He did even better, winning seven Olympic gold medals. In addition, Spitz set new world records in all seven events: 100-meter freestyle (51.22), 200-meter freestyle (1:52.78), 100-meter butterfly (54.27), 200-meter butterfly (2:00.70 ), 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay (3:26.42), 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay (7:35.78) and 4 × 100 meter medley relay (3:48.16).

Spitz is one of five Olympians to win nine or more gold medals in their career. Spitz’s record of seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games was not surpassed until Phelps broke the record at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Famous mustache

He swam with a mustache at a time when other swimmers, male and female, shaved their body hair. When asked why he originally grew one, he replied, “I grew the mustache because a coach in college told me not to grow one.” Spitz said he originally grew the mustache as a form of rebellion against the preppy look that was forced on him in college. “It took a long time to grow,” he says. It took four months to grow, but Spitz was proud of it and decided the mustache was a “lucky charm.”

pension

After the Munich Olympics, Spitz retired from competitive sports, even though he was only 22 years old. Spitz has undertaken several entrepreneurial ventures with former NBA player Ricky Barry. He travels the world and gives about 25 lectures a year. His biography, ‘The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Gold Medalist’, by Richard J. Foster, was published in July 2008. According to his official website, Spitz is self-employed as a corporate spokesperson and motivational speaker. He is also reportedly a stockbroker. According to an interview, “Spitz became a stockbroker in 2002 and has since entered the private equity world. He is now also involved in the “water business,” as he calls it, negotiating the construction of a water bottling plant on a wetland property he and a business partner own.

Private life

When Spitz returned from the Olympics, he began dating Suzy Weiner, a theater student and part-time model at UCLA, who was also the daughter of one of his father’s business partners. Less than a year after the Munich Olympics, they married on May 6, 1973. They have two sons, Matthew (born October 1981) and Justin (born September 1991). Justin was a member of the Stanford swim team. Spitz and his wife live in Los Angeles, California.

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