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Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia

Posted on December 29, 2011 by Selby There have been 0 comments


Mark Spitz Olympics Memorabilia
Olympics swimming memorabilia featuring Relay, Backstroke, freestyle and Marathon are all high on the agenda of the avid collector. Mark Spitz is renowned as arguably the greatest Olympics swimmer in history and collectables from his outstanding achievements are always in demand.
A brief history
Swimming competitions have been recorded in England as far back as the beginning of the 19th century when events were overseen by the National Swimming Society. Six swimming pools with diving boards are recorded as in use in London in 1937, the increasing popularity of swimming events led to the formation of the Amateur Swimming Association in 1880.
In 1894 IOC (international Olympic committee) was formed with the brief to organise the first Olympic games of the modern era, the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens was selected as the venue and the games took place at the stadium in 1896, Cycling, Gymnastics, Tennis, Shooting, Athletics, Weight lifting, Wresting, Track and Field events along with four Swimming Contests were programmed among the events. (100m freestyle,1200m, 500m and a special 100m event for seafarers).
Olympics Swimming Memorabilia originating from these early events is very rare and attracts a lot of attention most of the still existing examples are on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic Complex (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale.
Mark Spitz(b 1950)
The legendary retired American swimmer Mark Spitz was brought up in Modesto California, it was whilst living with his family in Sacramento that he began to compete at his local swimming club soon began training at the Arden Hills Swimming Club under the watchful eye of Sherm Chavoor (who later coached Debbie Meyer – Reyes and Mike Burton) . By the age of 10 Mark held seventeen national age records in every stroke and at every distance and one world record.
At 14 his family moved to Santa Clara and he began training with George F Haines at Santa Clara swimming club, over a four year period he held the National High School Swimming record in all classes.
At 15 Mark took part in the 1965 Maccabiah Games in the Yad Eliyahu stadium in Tel Aviv where he was nominated the outstanding athlete winning four gold medals in his first international event, it was the beginning of a long list of triumphs, between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic gold medals.
Mark is forever remembered for his outstanding performance in the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won seven gold medals each of the medals achieved whilst setting a World record. An event marred by political unrest and tragedy in the Munich Olympic Village.
Mark went on after his retirement to have a successful career in both business and as a highly regarded motivational speaker. He sets an excellent example for young up and coming athletes.
He has written an excellent biography “The extraordinary life of an Olympic Champion “which gives a unique insight into his many achievements.
My cousin Michael Read represented GB as an Olympic Swimmer in Rome in 1960, he went on to pursue his interest in Channel swimming and became “King of the Channel” completing 31 channel crossings 1979 – 2000. Michael held numerous World records and Honours for his many Cross Channel achievements.
Michael was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 and has been made an honorary citizen of both Nikiti in Greece and Dervio in Italy. In February 2009 he was awarded the International Swimming Hall of Fame David’s /Wheeler Memorial Award which recognises contributors to the administration of open water swimming worldwide.
Mark SPITZ: For the record
At the 1972 Munich Olympics Mark Spitz set four individual World records: 100-Meter (51.22), 200-Meter Freestyle (1:52.78), 100-Meter (54.27), and 200-Meter Butterfly (2:00.70). He also participated in three relay event World records: 4 x 100 Freestyle (3:26.42), 4 x 200 Freestyle (7:35.78), and 4 x 100 Medley (3:48.16). He swam the third leg of the 200 Freestyle and 100 Medley, and the last leg of the 100 Freestyle.
Olympics swimming Memorabilia
Collectables which I currently own include: Adrian Moorehouse, Duncan Goodhew, Johnny Weismuller Sharron Davies and Mark Spitz
Collectables which are sought after include signed and framed presentations, signed photo presentations, autographed programmes, event tickets, signed swimming apparel, swimming caps, Medals, trophies, first day covers, autographs, early sepia press photographs, signed sports periodicals and any authenticated associations with a legendary swimmer or memorable event.
Authentic Swimming Memorabilia of interest to me at present includes:
Mathew Biondi 1988 Seoul
Michael Phelps Sidney 2000, Athens 2004
Shane Gould Munich 1972
Kristin Otto Seoul 1988
Ferenc Csik Berlin 1936
Michael Wenden Mexico 1968
Mark Spitz Munich 1972

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Written by Tony Selby
Olympic Swimming Memorabilia

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