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Spitz's haul of seven gold medals in Munich in 1972 -- four in individual events, three in team competitions -- remains the greatest tally ever achieved by an athlete at a single Olympiad.

Only three other Olympic competitors -- Larysa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi and Carl Lewis -- have equaled his overall total of nine gold medals, making him not only the greatest swimmer of all time, but one of the most successful Olympians as well.

Spitz was taught to swim at the age of 2 by his father Arnold. Read full article »

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