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Mark Spitz

Legendary Olympic Swimmer; Third Athlete to Win Nine Olympic Gold Medals

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Mark Spitz Biography

Mark Spitz, the most famed athlete of all-time, is synonymous with excellence. His powerful swimming career launched him into celebrity, and gained him fans world-wide. During his career, Spitz’s unparalleled abilities set him apart from the competition.

Spitz was born the first of three children in Modesto, California to parents Arnold and Lenore Spitz. At age two, his family moved to Hawaii and he swam almost every day at Waikiki Beach. When Spitz was just six years old, he began to compete at his local swim club. A few years later at the tender age of nine, he trained at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with Sherm Chavoor, the swimming coach who mentored him and six other Olympic medal winners. Before he was 10, Spitz held 17 national age-group records, and one world record. His family moved again when he was 14 years old, this time to train under George F. Haines of the Santa Clara Swim Club. During his four years there, Spitz held national high school records in every stroke and in every distance. It was an unprecedented achievement.

The 1965 Maccabiah Games was Spitz’s first international competition. At the age of 15, Spitz won four gold medals and was named most outstanding athlete. In 1966, at 16, he won the 100-meter butterfly at the National AAU Championships, the first of 24 AAU titles. Spitz emerged on the world swimming stage when, in 1967, he set his first world record at a small California meet in the 400-meter freestyle. Also in 1967, Spitz won five gold medals at the V Pan American Games in Winnipeg, and set a record that was not surpassed for 40 years.

In the 1968 Olympic Games, Spitz won two team gold medals in the 4 x 100-eter freestyle and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay. After the Olympic Games, Spitz enrolled in Indiana University and trained with legendary coach Doc Counsilman, who was also his coach previously in Mexico City. While attending IU, Spitz won 8 individual NCAA titles. Then, in 1971, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Following his various successes, Spitz was nicknamed “Mark the Shark” by his teammates.

One of the greatest living sports legends, Spitz might be remembered best by his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. In one of the most dramatic instances in Olympic history, Spitz won his final competition only hours before Palestinian terrorists captured and eventually murdered 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village. In an effort to keep the athletes safe, Spitz was whisked out of the country under heavy security guard. In 1999, Spitz was ranked number 33 on ESPN’s “SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes,” and was the only aquatic athlete to make the list. His other achievements include inductions into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame, Long Beach City College Hall of Fame, and Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Spitz is also well-known for having an iconic mustache throughout the Olympics. During a time when most swimmers were clean-shaven, Spitz was rebellious and swam with facial hair. Most swimmers believe body hair slows a person down, but Spitz called his mustache a “good luck piece” and kept it throughout his Olympic competitions.

After his impressive swimming career, Spitz went on to have an equally impressive career out of the pool. His biography, The Extraordinary Life of An Olympic Champion, gives insight into Spitz’s remarkable journey. In 1972, soon after his return to the U.S., Spitz landed several endorsement deals. He has executed endorsements for Xerox, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, John Hancock Financial Services, General Motors, General Mills, Swatch, and many others.

He later started a successful real-estate company in Beverly Hills. Spitz is also a world-renown public speaker, and gives motivational speeches at various events. Spitz will continue to be a very hot commodity as long as there is an Olympic Games somewhere in the world, or the desire by a group to hear from one of the greatest living legends of all-time in sports.

A devoted father and husband, legendary athlete, highly-respected motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Spitz encompasses talent and enthusiasm in everything he does.

Spitz, most notable athlete of all-time, is synonymous with excellence. His powerful swimming career launched him into fame, and gained him fans world-wide. During his career, Spitz’s unparalleled abilities set him apart from the competition.

He was voted “Athlete of the century” in water sports and one of six “Greatest Olympians” by Sports Illustrated in 2000. Between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze; five Pan-American golds; 31 National U.S. Amateur Athletic Union titles; and eight U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. During those years, he set 33 World records.

Speaking Topics
  • The Olympic Champion Within Everyone

  • Being a Jewish Athlete

  • What Makes a Champion

  • World Events (1972-Current)

  • Olympic Dream & Spirit

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    Booking fees for Mark Spitz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mark Spitz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Legendary Olympic Swimmer; Third Athlete to Win Nine Olympic Gold Medals

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Mark Spitz Biography

Mark Spitz, the most famed athlete of all-time, is synonymous with excellence. His powerful swimming career launched him into celebrity, and gained him fans world-wide. During his career, Spitz’s unparalleled abilities set him apart from the competition.

Spitz was born the first of three children in Modesto, California to parents Arnold and Lenore Spitz. At age two, his family moved to Hawaii and he swam almost every day at Waikiki Beach. When Spitz was just six years old, he began to compete at his local swim club. A few years later at the tender age of nine, he trained at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with Sherm Chavoor, the swimming coach who mentored him and six other Olympic medal winners. Before he was 10, Spitz held 17 national age-group records, and one world record. His family moved again when he was 14 years old, this time to train under George F. Haines of the Santa Clara Swim Club. During his four years there, Spitz held national high school records in every stroke and in every distance. It was an unprecedented achievement.

The 1965 Maccabiah Games was Spitz’s first international competition. At the age of 15, Spitz won four gold medals and was named most outstanding athlete. In 1966, at 16, he won the 100-meter butterfly at the National AAU Championships, the first of 24 AAU titles. Spitz emerged on the world swimming stage when, in 1967, he set his first world record at a small California meet in the 400-meter freestyle. Also in 1967, Spitz won five gold medals at the V Pan American Games in Winnipeg, and set a record that was not surpassed for 40 years.

In the 1968 Olympic Games, Spitz won two team gold medals in the 4 x 100-eter freestyle and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay. After the Olympic Games, Spitz enrolled in Indiana University and trained with legendary coach Doc Counsilman, who was also his coach previously in Mexico City. While attending IU, Spitz won 8 individual NCAA titles. Then, in 1971, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Following his various successes, Spitz was nicknamed “Mark the Shark” by his teammates.

One of the greatest living sports legends, Spitz might be remembered best by his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. In one of the most dramatic instances in Olympic history, Spitz won his final competition only hours before Palestinian terrorists captured and eventually murdered 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village. In an effort to keep the athletes safe, Spitz was whisked out of the country under heavy security guard. In 1999, Spitz was ranked number 33 on ESPN’s “SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes,” and was the only aquatic athlete to make the list. His other achievements include inductions into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame, Long Beach City College Hall of Fame, and Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Spitz is also well-known for having an iconic mustache throughout the Olympics. During a time when most swimmers were clean-shaven, Spitz was rebellious and swam with facial hair. Most swimmers believe body hair slows a person down, but Spitz called his mustache a “good luck piece” and kept it throughout his Olympic competitions.

After his impressive swimming career, Spitz went on to have an equally impressive career out of the pool. His biography, The Extraordinary Life of An Olympic Champion, gives insight into Spitz’s remarkable journey. In 1972, soon after his return to the U.S., Spitz landed several endorsement deals. He has executed endorsements for Xerox, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, John Hancock Financial Services, General Motors, General Mills, Swatch, and many others.

He later started a successful real-estate company in Beverly Hills. Spitz is also a world-renown public speaker, and gives motivational speeches at various events. Spitz will continue to be a very hot commodity as long as there is an Olympic Games somewhere in the world, or the desire by a group to hear from one of the greatest living legends of all-time in sports.

A devoted father and husband, legendary athlete, highly-respected motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Spitz encompasses talent and enthusiasm in everything he does.

Spitz, most notable athlete of all-time, is synonymous with excellence. His powerful swimming career launched him into fame, and gained him fans world-wide. During his career, Spitz’s unparalleled abilities set him apart from the competition.

He was voted “Athlete of the century” in water sports and one of six “Greatest Olympians” by Sports Illustrated in 2000. Between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze; five Pan-American golds; 31 National U.S. Amateur Athletic Union titles; and eight U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. During those years, he set 33 World records.

Mark Spitz Speaking Topics

  • The Olympic Champion Within Everyone

  • Being a Jewish Athlete

  • What Makes a Champion

  • World Events (1972-Current)

  • Olympic Dream & Spirit

Mark Spitz Videos

  • Swimming towards victory - Mark Spitz - CDI 2011
    Mark Spitz cuenta su historia inspiradora de cómo ganó 7 medallas de oro en las Olimpiadas de 1972./Mark Spitz tells his inspirational story of...
  • Mark Spitz
  • Mark Spitz Talks About the Olympics

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  • How to book Mark Spitz?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mark Spitz for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mark Spitz, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mark Spitz or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mark Spitz?

    Booking fees for Mark Spitz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mark Spitz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mark Spitz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mark Spitz for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mark Spitz for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mark Spitz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mark Spitz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mark Spitz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Olympic Champion Within Everyone, Being a Jewish Athlete, What Makes a Champion, World Events (1972-Current) and Olympic Dream & Spirit. The estimated speaking fee range to book Mark Spitz for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Mark Spitz generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mitch Gaylord, Jason Lezak, Richard Dreyfuss, George Foreman and Jim Morris. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mark Spitz for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mark Spitz Speaking Topics

  • The Olympic Champion Within Everyone

  • Being a Jewish Athlete

  • What Makes a Champion

  • World Events (1972-Current)

  • Olympic Dream & Spirit

Mark Spitz Speaker Videos

  • Swimming towards victory - Mark Spitz - CDI 2011
    Mark Spitz cuenta su historia inspiradora de cómo ganó 7 medallas de oro en las Olimpiadas de 1972./Mark Spitz tells his inspirational story of winning 7 gold medals in the 1972 Olympics.
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  • Mark Spitz Talks About the Olympics

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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