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American Mark SPITZ

born Mark Andrew SPITZ

American former swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on February 10, 1950 in Modesto, California, USA  (70 years)


Spitz was born in Modesto, California, the first of three children of Arnold and Lenore (Smith) Spitz. His family is Jewish, the grandparents left Hungary after World War II. When he was two years old, Spitz's family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he swam at Waikiki Beach every day. "You should have seen that little boy dash into the ocean. He'd run like he was trying to commit suicide." Lenore Spitz told a reporter for Time (April 12, 1968). At age six his family returned to Sacramento, California, and he began to compete at his local swim club. At age nine, he was training at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with swimming coach Sherm Chavoor, who mentored seven Olympic medal winners including Spitz. Before he was 10, Spitz held 17 national age-group records, and one world record. At 14 his family moved to Santa Clara so Spitz could train with George F. Haines of the Santa Clara Swim Club.

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See Also :

- Category Water sport - Swimming