American Mark Spitz dominated the pool at the 1972 Games is Munich, winning a record-setting seven Olympic Gold medals. His record would hold for 36 years, until another American swimmer made a splash in Beijing.
American swimmer Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Spitz is one of five Olympians to win nine or more career gold medals. (Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) GALLERY: U. Olympians Then and Now