Mark Andrew Spitz, also fondly remembered as “Mark the shark Pool” was an American Swimmer who started his career from the early 1960’s. He was a master of the Butterfly and freestyle strokes. At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Mark became the first athlete to have won 7 gold medal in a single match.
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Biography and Early Life
At a very tender age of 2, the Spitz family had decided to move to Honolulu, Hawaii. Spitz began swimming when he was very young, as he used to swim at the Waikiki beach every day. When he was 6 years old, he along with his family moved back to Sacramento, California. Officially he was first coached at the age of 9, by coach Sherm Chavoor, who had previously mentored six Olympic medal winners. Spitz already had one world age-group record and 17 national records by the age of 10.
After that, Spitz had started training as a swimmer at the renowned Santa Clara Swim club located in California from where many outstanding American swimmers were produced. Right from the beginning of his journey as a swimmer, Spitz had extraordinary talent. He was named the captain of the intercollegiate swimming team at the Indiana University, Bloomington.
This is when the world was beginning to notice Spitz excellence. In the next four years, Spitz moved on to hold national high school records in every stroke and every distance. He has 24 AAU titles to his name and set his first world record at a California meet witha time of 4 minutes 10 seconds and 60 milliseconds in the 400 metre freestyle.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Mark Spitz in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Mark Spitz’s age is 71 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 10 February 1950. Though, he is 6′ 0″ in feet and inches and 183 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 161 lbs in Pound and 73kg in Kilograms.
Mark Spitz’s primary education took place at Santa Clara High School, California from 1964-1968. He completed his graduation from Indiana University, Bloomington. He used to be a pre-dental student. If not a swimmer, Spitz would have loved to be a dentist. He even considered being one as he was accepted to a dental school in 1972, although fate had other plans for him.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
Spitz is the child of Jewish Arnold Spitz (father) and Lenore Sylvia (Smith) (mother) who was of Russian origin. He had two younger siblings.
Mark Spitz married Suzy Weiner (May 6, 1973) after returning from the Munich Olympics. Suzy Weiner, used to be a UCLA theatre student back then,and a part time model. She was the daughter to one of his father’s business acquaintances. They had a grandiloquent marriage ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
After the 1972 Olympics, Spitz was endorsed by companies and he had signed multiple corporate endorsement contracts which led to a profit of USD 7 million in two years. Spitz is currently, a self-employed corporate spokesperson and motivational speaker.
Is Mark Spitz Gay?
Mark Spitz’s sexual orientation is straight. After returning from the Munich Olympics, he started dating Suzy Weiner. On May 6, 1973, they got married. The couple also had two children together their name is Matthew Spitz and Justin Spitz.
At the 1972 Summer Olympics, held in Munich, Mark Andrew Spitz was considered the most successful athlete. For 36 long years, he held the record until fellow American Michael Phelps broke it.
At the 1965 Maccabiah Games, Spitz swam in his first international competition. In 1985, the torch was lit by Spitz to open the Maccabiah games.
Spitz has added five Pan American golds, 31 Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association titles to his wardrobe, in addition to his Olympic medals in his career. Around 1968-1972, there were 35 world records set by Spitz.
He was also inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the International Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Mark Spitz in 2021
Mark the pool Shark was one of the most prominent athlete of his generation. His tally of medals and awards were unmatched. His success has led him to live a wealthy life. Also, after leaving his swimming career at an all-time high, he capitalized his earnings into endorsements and promotional deals. He had also invested in a real-estate company in Beverly Hills. His current net worth stands at $25 million as of 2021.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Because of his unmatched speed and lethal swimming skills, he earned a nickname “Mark the Pool shark” for himself.
- When Mark returned to California from Hawaii, he had set a world record at the age of 10, when he started taking part in swimming competitions.
According to the sports magazine, ‘Sports Yahoo!’ Spitz is currently a motivational speaker and a stockbroker. In an interview, Spitz talked about his love for sailing, skiing and collecting art besides swimming. He is famous not only for his achievements but his famous mustache during the Olympics too. He considered his mustache a good luck piece which he originally kept as a rebellion against the clean cut look that was imposed on his during his college years.
Facts of Mark Andrew Spitz
- Gender Male
- full nameMark Andrew Spitz
- birthplaceModesto, California
- Date of Birth February 10, 1950
- Age 72 years 9 months
- Horoscope Aquarius
- Lucky Number 9
- Lucky Stone Amethyst
- Lucky Color Turquoise
- Best Match for Marriage Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius
- net worth$25 million
- professionSwimmer, Athlete
- weightIn Kilograms – 73 Kg, In Pounds – 161 lbs
- heightIn Centimetres – 183 cm, In Feet and Inches – 6′ 0″
- hair colorBlack
- eye colorBlack
- high schoolSanta Clara High School, California