Filmed by Greenspan's cameras, Spitz did not beat the qualifying limit, despite his times being nearly as good as (and in some cases better than) his medal-winning times 20 years earlier.He was two seconds slower than the requisite qualifying time at the Olympic trials.Minutes before the race, he confessed on the pool deck to ABC's Donna de Varona, "I know I say I don't want to swim before every event, but this time I'm serious. If I swim seven and win six, I'll be a failure." Spitz won by half a stroke in a world-record time of 51.22 seconds. Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics was not surpassed until Phelps broke the record at the 2008 Summer Olympics.During the Munich Massacre by Palestinian terrorists in the 1972 Olympics, Israeli racewalker Shaul Ladany awakened and alerted American track coach Bill Bowerman, who called for the U. Marines to come and protect American Jewish Olympians swimmer Spitz and javelin thrower Bill Schmidt.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.Spitz held one world age-group record and 17 national records at the age of 10. He spoke at the JCC Maccabiah Games Opening Ceremonies, which was held in Richmond, Virginia.At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (West Germany), Spitz was back to maintain his bid for the six gold medals.
"You should have seen that little boy dash into the ocean.
Between 19, Spitz won nine Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze; five Pan American golds; 31 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles; and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles.
During those years, he set 35 world records, but two were in trials and unofficial.
Spitz went to work for ABC Sports in 1976 and worked on many sports presentations, including coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
for his narration of Freedom's Fury, a Hungarian documentary about the Olympic water polo team's famous Blood in the Water match against the Soviet Union during the Revolution of 1956—considered the most famous match in water polo history.