10 Questions for Mark Spitz

It's an Olympic feat that has not been equaled in 32 years--Mark Spitz's seven gold medals in swimming earned at the 1972 Games in Munich. This month his countryman Michael Phelps will launch an assault on that record, and Spitz, 54, now a Los Angeles stockbroker and entrepreneur, is cheering Phelps on. TIME's Alice Park sat down with the man who set the standard.

ANY REGRETS ABOUT LETTING THE RECORD GO IF MICHAEL PHELPS EQUALS OR SURPASSES IT IN ATHENS? If he wins seven golds and ties what I did, then it would be like I was the first man on...

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