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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.
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Missy Franklin takes sixth gold medal at World Swimming Championships

BARCELONA, Spain, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- American teenager Missy Franklin took a sixth gold medal at the 2013 World Swimming Championships Sunday, accomplishing a rare achievement in the sport.

From Olympic swimmer to homeless, life of Brian Job a sad tale

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Former Olympic swimmer and 200-meter breaststroke record holder Brian Job is homeless and "totally delusional" in Palo Alto, Calif., his family said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
By United Press International
London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London and the home-standing British athletes stood out at the 2012 Olympics but the spotlight was grabbed by Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
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Olympics 2012: Phelps headed for career medal record

Olympics 2012: Phelps headed for career medal record

On the last evening of Olympic gymnastics competition in 1964, Larysa Latynina received a score of 19.599 in the floor exercise final.
MIKE RABUN, United Press International
Phelps to make appearance on 'Entourage'

Phelps to make appearance on 'Entourage'

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic champion Michael Phelps reportedly is to appear in an upcoming episode of the HBO comedy series "Entourage."
Olympic Medal: M Swim 100 Fly

Olympic Medal: M Swim 100 Fly

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- American Michael Phelps won his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Olympics Saturday by the narrowest of margins.
Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 Fly

Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 Fly

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps became the all-time Olympic gold medal record-holder Wednesday with a triumph in the 200-meter butterfly.

Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 Free

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps equaled the career Olympic gold medal record Tuesday by winning the 200-meter freestyle in world record time in Beijing.

Giant athletic carnival heads to China

BEIJING, July 18 (UPI) -- The Olympics are about the athletes and the performances. All else -- in theory -- is set aside.
Phelps sets world mark in Oly swim trials

Phelps sets world mark in Oly swim trials

OMAHA, June 29 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps set a 400-meter individual medley world record Sunday in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha.

Phelps enters nine events at swim trials

OMAHA, June 18 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps, who won six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics, has entered nine events at this year's U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
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Mark Spitz
Olympic swimming champion Mark Spitz admires the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine featuring Michael Phelps whose 8 gold medal wins at the Bejing China 2008 Olympics finally broke Spitz 1972 record of 7 gold. Spitz was at a promotional gig for the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York on August 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is a retired American swimmer. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics.

Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 world records. He was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971 and 1972.

Spitz was born to a Jewish family in Modesto, California, the first of three children of Arnold and Lenore Smith Spitz. When he was two years old, Spitz's family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he swam at Waikiki Beach every day. "You should have seen that little boy dash into the ocean. He'd run like he was trying to commit suicide." Lenore Spitz told a reporter for Time (April 12, 1968). At age six his family returned to Sacramento, California, and he began to compete at his local swim club. At age nine, he was training at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with Sherm Chavoor, the swimming coach who mentored him and six other Olympic medal winners. Before he was 10, Spitz held 17 national age-group records, and one world record. At 14, his family moved to Santa Clara so Spitz could train with George F. Haines of the Santa Clara Swim Club. From 1964 to 1968 Mark trained with Haines at SCSC and Santa Clara High School. During his four years there, Mark held national high school records in every stroke and in every distance. It was a remarkable and unprecedented achievement. In 1966, at 16, he won the 100 meter butterfly at the National AAU Championships, the first of his 24 AAU titles. The following year, 1967 Mark set his first world record at a small California meet, in the 400 meter freestyle, with a time of 4:10.60, and emerged on the world swimming stage.

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