Mark Spitz: Magnificent Seven

The man with the ego to match his talent, American Mark Spitz made Olympic history when he won seven gold medals, all in world record times, at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

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, as well as an individual silver and bronze. Spitz had won four Olympic medals but he was far from happy.

He spent the next four years at Indiana University, winning almost every conceivable award, setting almost every world record possible, 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 bettered it and notched seven.

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 in the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m relay, and the 4x100 medley relay.

Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics was not surpassed until Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He ended his career with 11 Olympic medals and was remembered for his cocky disposition and those remarkable performances at the Munich Games.