City Speakers Bureau Home Page

  Home Page

  Featured Speakers

  Video Library

  Recent Bookings

  Our Clients

  Request a Quote

  Contact Us

We Help You THRILL Your Audience!

Mark Spitz


Considered the "Greatest Olympic Athlete of All-Time," Mark Spitz is synonymous with excellence. World-renowned and one of the most recognized faces in the world, Mark was voted "Athlete of the Century" in water sports and one of the six greatest Olympians ever by Sports Illustrated in 2000. Recently, the International Olympic Committee selected Mark as one of its five Athletes of the Century.

Mark is a highly requested public speaker throughout the world having completed endorsements for Xerox, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, John Hancock Financial Services, General Motors, General Mills, Swatch and many others. Mark will continue to be a very popular speaker 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.

Mark began swimming at the age of two and, as far back as he could remember, he ruled the pool. He held 17 national records (for his age group) at the age of 10 and was named "The World's Best 10-and-Under Swimmer." At age 16, he won his first AAU National Championship, and the following year he won five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games and laid claim to ten world records. He couldn't help but think he was the best.

Before the 1968 games in Mexico City, Spitz predicted he would accomplish what no one else had - to win six gold medals. He ended up with two team golds, plus an individual silver and bronze. It's tough for someone to be disappointed with four Olympic medals, but Spitz was. He spent the next four years at Indiana University, winning almost every conceivable award, setting almost every world record in existence and preparing himself for the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

At Munich, not only did Spitz win the six golds he predicted four years before - he won seven! And not only did he win seven gold medals, but world records were set in each event. He won four individual golds in the 200m butterfly, the 200m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle. He also added three team golds as the United States won the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m relay, and the 4x100 medley relay. It was the greatest performance by an Olympic athlete in history.

Tragedy then struck the 1972 games as Palestinian terrorists killed two Israelis and took nine others hostage. Spitz, who is Jewish, left Germany for London before the closing ceremonies. The nine hostages were later killed.

His performance coupled with his good looks made Spitz an instant celebrity back in the states. A host of endorsements and a short-lived television career followed, but he eventually settled in to a profitable real estate career. Seventeen years later, at the age of 39, he began training again with the hopes of earning a spot on the 1992 Olympic team. The familiar mustache was gone but the fire remained. Alas, he fell short in qualifying and had to settle for a whopping career total of 11 Olympic medals.

Mark travels the world speaking about Olympic and non-Olympic topics. His memories of the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Games and the relevancy of the current geo-political climate make Mark a highly coveted keynote speaker.

Speaker Shortcuts
Printer-Friendly Bio Print Bio
Programs Programs & Topics
Request this Speaker Request Information
Speaker Fees Fee Range
  • Olympic Dream & Spirit
  • World Events (1972-Current)
  • What Makes a Champion
  • Being a Jewish Athlete
  • The Olympic Champion Within Everyone

| Home Page | Featured Speakers | Recent Bookings | Video Library | Request Info
| List of Clients | Contact Us | Twitter | Facebook | Site Map |

Copyright © 1997-2019 Capitol Capitol City Speakers Bureau. All rights reserved.
Back to Top