LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. swimming legend Mark Spitz has warned the U.S. team could pull out of the Summer Olympics amid terrorism concerns, the BBC said Wednesday.
Spitz, 54, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich games, suggested the Bush administration was still considering whether to send athletes to Athens.
"If that (withdrawal) does happen it will happen in the 11th hour and 59th minute," he said. "We are looking under the microscope at all the different terrorist acts and we know there is a high degree of probability that something could happen in Athens."
Tennis star Serena Williams has already warned she might stay away and the U.S. basketball Dream Team have also voiced security concerns.
At the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by terrorists in Munich.
However, an Australian member of the International Olympic Committee, Kevan Gosper told the Melbourne Herald Sun Spitz was speaking out of turn.
"I have a high regard for Mark Spitz as a swimmer ... but he still likes to bring attention to himself," Dosper said.