10 Questions For Mark Spitz

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DO YOU STILL SWIM?

I walked away from the sport for 17 years, then started swimming again recently in a master's program. I have a pool at my home that is 12.5 m long, so that if I swim eight laps, I can look at the time and say, that's my time for 100 m. So in my mind I own a lot of house records still.

IF YOU HADN'T ACHIEVED SUCH SUCCESS AS A SWIMMER, WOULD YOU BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE?

I'd probably be an astronaut, just to have the thrill of seeing what it would be like to go around the earth like that. At one time I fantasized about being the first Olympic astronaut. But I think I would get an unparalleled amount of resistance on that from my family.

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