Spitz bitter over Olympic Snub

Spitz bitter over Olympic Snub

Postby Sirron on Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:03 pm

Story here

Spitz, once the star, upset over Beijing snub
by Polly Hui
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HONG KONG (AFP) - US swim legend Mark Spitz won't be on hand in Beijing if Michael Phelps breaks his record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics—because, he says, no one bothered to invite him.

Spitz said the International Olympic Committee, a US television network or FINA—the international body that governs world swimming—should have brought him to the Games this year, with Phelps making a go at his record.

"I never got invited. You don't go to the Olympics just to say, I am going to go. Especially because of who I am," Spitz told AFP in Hong Kong.

"I am going to sit there and watch Michael Phelps break my record anonymously? That's almost demeaning to me. It is not almost—it is."

Spitz became one of the most famous athletes in the world at the 1972 Munich Olympics, winning seven gold medals—with seven world records—in what many consider to be one of the greatest achievements in all of sport.

Phelps is aiming to better that mark in Beijing, hoping to bring home eight golds. And Spitz, now 58 and grey and without his trademark moustache, cannot understand why he wasn't asked along to see the show.

"They voted me one of the top five Olympians in all time. Some of them are dead. But they invited the other ones to go to the Olympics, but not me," he said. "Yes, I am a bit upset about it."

Now a stockbroker and motivational speaker, Spitz also thinks he could have won eight golds himself in Munich if only he had had the chance.

"I won seven events. If they had the 50m freestyle back then, which they do now, I probably would have won that too," he said.

Spitz, whose brief stint in show business in the 1970s never quite matched his success in the pool, said he attended the Athens Olympics four years ago—when Phelps also tried to break the record.

"They did not once put my face on television," he recalled. "But as soon as the swimming was over, and Michael Phelps didn't break my record, every time I went to beach volley, they put my face on the volleyballs."

Spitz said it would have been a great idea if he could be the one presenting the gold medals to Phelps, who has for years been candid about his ambition to eclipse the mark of seven golds.

And Spitz thinks Phelps will succeed—for one very good reason.

"He's almost identical to me. He's a world-record holder in all these events, so he is dominating the events just like I did," Spitz said. "He reminds me of myself."
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Postby lakersfan722 on Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:06 pm

that really sucks...
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Postby Lakers323342 on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:00 pm

The guys is probably jealous. More then that, he is self-center bastard who thinks of himself and wants the spotlight. Although, I don't care for either of them, I don't really care about the situation and just wanted to reply on my thoughts.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:22 pm

Lakers323342 wrote:The guys is probably jealous. More then that, he is self-center bastard who thinks of himself and wants the spotlight. Although, I don't care for either of them, I don't really care about the situation and just wanted to reply on my thoughts.


So basically you voiced your opinion based on emotion rather than actually reading what he had to say?

Spitz has every right to be pissed. He is the record holder that our (US) greatest swimmer of all time is "trying" to break. The US will try to market this for as long as Phelps is racing. I am sure Spitz will be flown out there if Phelps gets close because it would be a blackeye on the US Federation. I hope that he is there just like Hank was there when Bonds passed him.
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Postby Sirron on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:31 pm

seems like they should have asked him, but it does come across a bit whiny to me.
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Postby Neville on Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:44 am

He has a point, but moaning about it in public is pretty sad.
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Postby jimbo327 on Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:25 pm

I gotta agree with Spitz. The guy is only one of the most decorated olympian in the history of the United States of America. People need to give him some respect, especially those nowadays who may be too young to know his greatness. It's not right what they did by not asking him to go. It is the least they can do to repay the glory he gave to all Americans back in 72.

It would be awesome to have Spitz present the medal to Phelps for the 8th gold medal. It would be like handing off of the torch. Greatness.

People too often forget about the past. It's sad and quite disrespectful. But maybe I'm still with the old school mentality. We use to have this thing called loyalty and respect.
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Postby Satan on Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:36 pm

He sounds bitter as hell and kinda annoying as well. I wonder if he wasn't invited because people just don't like him.
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Postby KB24 on Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:49 pm

big deal...
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Postby Weezy on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:01 pm

He's even more bitter now that Phelps has tied him. :man9: I can't stand when old athletes get pissed about their records going down. I mean they had to break somebody's record themselves in the first place right?
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Postby d33pzone on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:20 pm

I understand. When they mentioned the 2004 Athens games story, they didn't even show his face on camera! How disrespectful of the IOC and FINA.

Let the media dictate your feelings if you'd like. He was voted one of the five greatest olympians on time. Is Spitz disliked by the committee? It's doesn't make sense not to invite him and have him watch Michael Phelps break his record.

Most people don't see the full story. Comments he made just came out, and he praised Michael Phelps and called the performance epic! He came across as genuinely happy for Phelps, so to say he is jealous is wrong.

The controversy came with him feeling disrespected, because he wasn't invited to watch. It's between him and the IOC. I think the media really screwed this up, especially with journalists calling him arrogant and a jerk.

This is the link that I found that came out earlier, with Spitz praising Phelps. Hopefully people begin to retract their statements on Spitz and see that he was upset with the committee, and not jealous of Phelps.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iHpC ... wD92J60HO0
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:48 pm

Spitz was just on NBC talking to Phelps. He had nothing but nice things to say to him.
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Postby Weezy on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:58 pm

two0one7 wrote:Spitz was just on NBC talking to Phelps. He had nothing but nice things to say to him.


Watching it right now, guess I was wrong. :man4: :mhihi: (like that doesn't happen everyday around here)
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:02 am

I don't see why Spitz would complain..His record withstood the rigors of time but Phelps current achievements could not have been pre-programmed so there was no point bringing him in at that point in time..and don't blame the IOC, the "I" there means International..
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