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Mark Spitz


1950 Born February 10 in Modesto, California
1958 Begins swimming competitively
1961 Comes under guidance of coach Sherm Chavoor
1965 Competes in Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, his first international event
1966 Competes in National Amateur Athletic Union 100-meter butterfly
1967 Competes in Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada
1968 Vows to win gold in all events at Mexico City Olympics but takes gold only in the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter freestyle relays
1969 Graduates from Indiana University, where he swims for coach James "Doc" Counsilman
1972 Leaves Olympic Games early after winning gold medals and after killing of Israeli athletes in Olympic village
1973 Formally retires from swimming
1973 Signs with William Morris Agency, earning $5 million in endorsements
1973 Marries Suzy Weiner
1987 Autobiography Seven Golds published
1989 Attempts a comeback and begins training for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
1992 Fails to qualify in the 100-meter butterfly and concedes defeat, beginning second retirement
1998 Proposes creating initiative to address problem of swimmers and performance-enhancing drugs

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