Olympic Facts – Mark Spitz & Michael Phelps

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Mark Spitz competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he was one of the favorites to win 5 gold medals.Unfortunately, he won only two gold medals.Under the direction of James Counsilman, Mark trained very hard for the Olympics in West Germany.

Like Rachel Carson (environmentalist), Leon Uris (writer), Billie Holiday ( singer), Goldie Hwan (actress), Toni Braxton (singer), Frank Zappa (guitarist), Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer) and Babe Ruth (baseball player), Michael Phelps,was born in Maryland.

Mark Spitz of the United States won the men's 100m freestyle title at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in West Germany.

Final results:

1.Spitz, Mark (USA) 51,22s

2.Heidenreich, Jerry (USA) 51,65

3.Bure, Vladimir (USSR/Russia) 51,77

4.Murphy, John (USA) 52,08

5.Wenden, Michael (Australia) 52,41

6.Grivennikov, Igor (USSR) 52,44

7.Rousseau, Michel (France) 52,90

8.Steinbach, Klaus (West Gerrmany) 52,92

Micheal Phelps, known as the Baltimore Bullet, won six golds in Athens'2004: 100m butterfly, 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay.

Mark Spitz was born on February 10, 1950, in Modesto, California, United States. At the 1972 Olympic Games, he won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle.

Final results:

1.Spitz, Mark (USA) 1:52.78

2.Genter, Steve (USA) 1: 53,73

3.Lampe, Werner (Germany) 1:53,59

4.Wenden, Michael (Australia) 1:54,40

5.Tyler, Frederick (USA) 1:54,96

6.Steinbach, Klaus (Germany) 1:55,65

7.Bure, Vladimir (USSR/Russia) 1:57,24

8.Huttum, Ralph (Canada) 1:57,56

Michael Phelps won the James E.Sullivan Memorial Trophy. Why? He won several world titles and broken many world records. At the FINA World Championships in Spain, he won four gold medals.

Mark Spitz of the United States won the men's 100m butterfly final at the 1972 Olympics.

Final results:

1.Spitz, Mark (USA) 54,27

2.Robertson, Bruce (Canada) 55,56

3.Heidenrich, Jerry (USA) 55, 74

4.Matthes, Roland (East Germany) 55,87

5.Edgar, David (USA) 56,11

6.MacDonald, Byron (Canada) 57,27

7.Flockner, Hartmut (East Germany) 57,40

8.Roger, Neil (Australia) 57,90

Michael said: “Recently a reporter asked me to give him a timeless moment in my life. Winning my first gold medal was a timeless moment in my life. I worked so hard to get there and when I did was an amazing feeling I don't think I can describe…”

Mark won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly at the Summer Olympic Games in 1972.

Final results:

1.Spitz, Mark (USA) 2:00,70

2.Hall, Gary (USA) 2:03,86

3.Backhaus, Robin (USA) 2:03.23

4.Delgado Panchana, Jorge (Ecuador) 2:04,60

5.Fabnaecht, Hans (West Germany) 2:04.69

6.Hargitay, Andras (Hungary) 2:04,69

7. Flockner, Hartmut (East Germany) 2:05,34

8.Meeuw, Folket (West Germany) 2:05,57

Michael Phelps made his debut at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney (Australia). Like Nadia Comaneci ( Romanian gymnast), Marjorie G4estring (German swimmer), Bob Mathias (American athlete), Fu Mingxia (Chinese diver), he was one of the most youngest athletes in Olympic history. Michael was born on June 30, 1985.

Mark Spitz helped the United States to a gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 1972 Games.

Final results:

1.USA (David Edgar, John Murphy, Mark Spitz, Jerry Heidenreich) 3:26,42

2.USSR/Russia (Vladimir Bure, Viktor Mazanov, Viktor aboinov, Igor Grivennikov) 3:29,72

3.East Germany (Roland Matthes, Wilfried Hartug, Peter Bruch, Lutz Hunger) 3:32,42

4.Brazil (Ruy Aquino Oliveira, Paolo Zanetti, Paulo Beckehazy, Jose Diniz) 3:33,14

5.Canada (Bruce Robertson, Brian Phillips, Tim Bach, Robert Karting) 3:33,20

6.West Germany (Klaus Steinbach, Werner Lampe, Rainer Jacob, Hans Flabnacht) 3:33,90

7.France(Gilles Vignes, Alain Mosconi, Alain Hermitte, Michel Rousseau) 3:34,13

8.Spain (Jorge Comas, Antonio Culebras, Enrique Melo, Jorge Pujol)

Michael is the most be-medalled American athlete to participate in the Olympic Games. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he won many Olympic titles: 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x200m freestyle relay, 400m individual medley…

The United States won the Olympic gold medal in the men's swimming 4x200m freestyle relay final at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Final results:

1.USA(John Kinsella, Frederick Tyler, Steve Genter, Mark Spitz) 7:35,78

2.West Germany (Klaus Steinbach, Werner Lampe, Hans Gunther Vosseler, Hans Fabnacht) 7:41,69

3.USSR/Russia (Vladimir Bure, Viktor Mazanov, Georgi Kulikov, Igor Grivennikov) 7:45,76

4.Sweden(Beng Gingsjo, Hans Ljungborg,Anders Bellbring, Gunnar Larsson) 7:47,37

5.Australia (Michael Wenden, Graham Windeatt, Robert Nay, Bradford cooper) 7:48,66

6.East Germany (Udo Poser, Wilfried Hartug, Peter Bruch, Lutz Hunger) 3:32,42

7.Canada (Bruce Robertson, Brian Phillips, Ian Mackenzie, Ralph Hutton) 7:53,61

8.UK (Brian Brinkley, John Mills , Michael Bailey, Colin Cunningham)

Like Sugar Ray Leonard (Olympic champion), Pamela Dennis (fashion designer), Raj Bhakta (entrepreneur), Brody Hutzler (actor) and Molly Sims (fashion model), Michael Phelps was one of the judges of the 2005 Miss United States in Baltimore (Maryland). Phelps is a fan of the MIss USA…

The United States won the 4x100m medley relay in Munich'72.

Final results:

1.USA(Mike Stam, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz, Jerry Heidenreich) 3:48,16

2.East Germany(Roland Matthes, Klaus Katzur, Hartmut Flockner, Lutz Unger) 3:52,26

3.Canada(Eric Fish, William Mahony, Bruce Robertson, Robert Kasting) 3:52,26

4.USSR/Russia (Vladimir Bure, Nikolai Pankin, Viktor Shangin, Igor Grivennikov) 3:53,16

5.Brazil (Romulo Arantes, Jose Sylvio Fiolo, Sergio Waismann, Jose Diniz) 3:57,89

6.Japan(Tadashi Honda, Nobutaka Tagichi, Yasuhiro Komazaki, Jiro Sasaki) 3:58,23

7.UK (Colin Connin, David Wilkie, John Mills, Malcolm Windeatt) 3:58,82

8.Hungary (Laszlo Cseh, Sandor Szabo, Istvan Szentirmay, Attila Csaszari) 3:59,07

Michael Phelps wrote: “Growing up in high school, I wasn't hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up. I know I won't have opportunities like this in the sport for the rest of my life…”

Spitz made his debut at the 1965 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv (Israel), where he won 5 gold medals. Many months later, at the the Pre-Olympic Games in Mexico, he won two medals (100-meter butterfly and 200-meter butterfly). At the 1967 Pan American Games in Canada, Mark won also 5 gold medals (100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle relay, 800m freestyle relay, 400m medley relay).

Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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