In 2004, American Mark Spitz was still considered the greatest swimmer of all-time. Fellow American Michael Phelps would eventually claim that title years later when he won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In July of 2004, Spitz visited the Montclair YMCA to conduct a clinic.
Spitz is a nine-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder in 7 events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972.