Best Quotes by Mark Spitz

By | April 27, 2016

By making a comeback, I’m changing the attitude of people toward me. If I’d known that people would react so enthusiastically, I’d have done it years ago.

Mark Spitz

Swimming isn’t everything, winning is.

Mark Spitz

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.

Mark Spitz

When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it – and everybody was talking about it – that I decided to keep it.

Mark Spitz

My biggest loss was the Olympics. I just can’t forget losing. I never will.

Mark Spitz

Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one’s ability and likelihood for success.

Mark Spitz

The pool is terrible, but that doesn’t have much to do with my record swims. That’s all mental attitude.

Mark Spitz

It has nothing to do with swimming. That happens to be my sport. I’m trying to see how far I can go.

Mark Spitz

What it is saying is that someone who was a world champion and who takes care of himself with a 17-year rest and applies the proper training techniques and perseverance could be successful.

Mark Spitz

I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.

Mark Spitz

The only side effect of too much training is that you get into better shape. There is nothing wrong with that.

Mark Spitz

All things being equal, if we could simulate the same scenario, he has a lot more difficult task. He’s elected to swim six individual events, as opposed to what I elected to do, which was four.

Mark Spitz

Because a known fact is better than an unknown fact.

Mark Spitz

Life is true to form; records are meant to be broken.

Mark Spitz

I always wanted to be a dentist from the time I was in high school, and I was accepted to dental school in the spring of 1972. I was planning to go, but after the Olympics there were other opportunities.

Mark Spitz

In my day, at 12 years old, which was 38 years ago, we worked out in summer months for two and a half hours. Today someone in that age group might work out for four hours, two hours in the morning and two at night.

Mark Spitz

I am not qualified to talk about the diet. Simply because I am not a dietician.

Mark Spitz

I swam my brains out.

Mark Spitz

I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win.

Mark Spitz

Well my thoughts on American swimming are that our prospects look favorable, but we may not have as strong a showing in the gold medal count as in previous Olympics. But I am not coaching.

Mark Spitz

There are times I might coach one or two workouts a year when the regular coach gets caught in traffic.

Mark Spitz

I wasn’t able to lower my cholesterol so they put me on a statin drug. It is called lipitor. I was able to lower my level in about 30 days from above 300 to below 200.

Mark Spitz

And if you have high cholesterol, you would feel the same as if you had low cholesterol because there are no side effects, no symptoms of having high cholesterol.

Mark Spitz

Yes, I believe that the art of winning is through intimidation, and not necessarily do you have to speak about it.

Mark Spitz

If he wins seven golds and ties what I did, then it would be like I was the first man on the moon and he became the second. If he wins more than seven, then he becomes the first man on Mars. We’d both be unique.

Mark Spitz

I walked away from the sport for 17 years, then started swimming again recently in a master’s program.

Mark Spitz

So in my mind I own a lot of house records still.

Mark Spitz

In everyday life there is always manana. There is no urgency.

Mark Spitz

One of the most difficult things for people who have been successful in sports is adapting to the daily world where you can’t get an answer from someone until 5 o’clock tomorrow. There is always an excuse. Living 40 or 50 years like that doesn’t get too exciting after a while.

Mark Spitz

Everyone loves to be loved.

Mark Spitz

I’m at the depot, and I’m not going anywhere. That’s better to deal with than having to deal with the unknown. And the unknown is they don’t want to fail. They don’t want to pay the price unless there’s a guarantee they’re going to get there.

Mark Spitz

I got beat real hard and heavy in the Olympic Games in 1968 by a guy who swam an incredible race one time in his whole life, but he did it right at the right time. I’d like to be that guy now. Maybe that’s what I’m going to have to pull out of my hat to make the Olympic team.

Mark Spitz

The memories of the Munich games for me are of triumph and tragedy.

Mark Spitz

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