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Sunday, March 29, 2009

31 Days of Moustache: Mark Spitz

Name: Mark Spitz
DOB: February 10, 1950
DOD: Still Alive
Profession: Athlete
Claim to Fame: Won 7 Gold Medals at 1972 Munich Olympics
Prime YAM (Years Active with Moustache): 1972

Why It's Awesome:
Forget about Michael Phelps. Mark Spitz was the real deal. He went an amazing 7/7 in Munich, which was the record before being surpassed by Phelps. Spitz also did it when it was not normal for swimmers to have any facial hair. Apparently, hair slows down swimmer's times. Well, he was so good that it didn't matter.

Spitz's post olympic career was quiet, but it's not like swimmers have a professional swimming league to join. It has been 35 years, but his performance in Munich is always considered one of the best ever.

Final 'Stache Rating (Out of Four Moustaches):

Spitz had one of those classic 70s 'staches. If I've learned anything this month, it's that in the 70s, the 'stache was cool. With Spitz, that statement is no different.

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