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Documenting the renowned swimmer Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals while breaking seven world records at the 1972 Olympics. Every aspect of his roller-coaster career is... Read more
Documenting the renowned swimmer Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals while breaking seven world records at the 1972 Olympics. Every aspect of his roller-coaster career is recorded, from an age-group prodigy and four-medal 'flop' at the 1968 Olympics to an outstanding collegiate career at Indiana University and a gold-medal haul in 1972 followed by lucrative endorsements and an unsuccessful stint in entertainment. Personal notes about his stormy relationships, his father, and the anti-Semitism he faced throughout his career are also included.
Richard J. Foster is the current president of United States Aquatic Sports, the umbrella organization that represents all U.S. aquatic sports (swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving) in the international governing body. He has also served as a board member of the United States Olympic Committee and as president of USA Water Polo for twelve years. A practicing attorney, Foster specializes in sports law and has represented numerous Olympic and professional athletes. He also teaches a graduate-level sports law course at Long Beach State University. He lives in Long Beach, California.
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