Swimming World Presents “Did You Know? Fun Facts in Aquatic History: Pieter van den Hoogenband and Mark Spitz”

Swimming World July 2019 - Did You Know - Mark Spitz and Pieter van den Hoogenband

Did You Know?
Fun Facts in Aquatic History:
Pieter van den Hoogenband and Mark Spitz

By Andy Ross

Pieter van den Hoogenband and Mark Spitz never won gold medals at the Long Course World Championships…but for different reasons.

Spitz retired after the 1972 Olympic Games when he won seven gold medals. Van den Hoogenband settled for silver medals after finishing runner-up six times to some of the biggest names the sport has ever seen. Even the two times he swam on his country’s medal-winning relays (1998 and 2001), the Netherlands finished second!

MARK SPITZ
Spitz told Swimming World after the Munich Games in 1972, “I had to come back from a defeat in Mexico City that was hard to live with. I don’t know if I’d do it again…but I don’t have to.” Since there weren’t any opportunities for swimmers to continue professionally, Spitz retired after two Olympic Games with 11 medals (9 gold/1 silver/1bronze)—and just before FINA introduced the World Championships in 1973.
After he won his second of two gold medals in Munich, he told the media, “I never swam for glory—only for the satisfaction of being recognized as the best in the world in a particular event. That’s the goal of any athlete, isn’t it?”

PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND
Van den Hoogenband had plenty of opportunities to win gold medals at Long Course Worlds. He made his debut in 1998, when he earned a bronze (200 meter free) and silver (4×200 free relay) at 19. He became a household name two years later at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney when he took down hometown favorite Ian Thorpe in the 200 final, breaking the Aussie’s world record with a 1:45.35 in semifinals and matching that a day later in the final.

Hoogie became the first man to break 48 seconds in the 100 free when he swam a 47.84 in semifinals the day after the 200. The next night in the final, he swam a 48.30, which was still fast enough to deny Alexander Popov from becoming the first man to win three straight Olympic gold medals in any event.

To read more fun facts about Mark Spitz and Pieter van den Hoogenband,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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026 DESTINED FOR GREATNESS
by David Rieder
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COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: RATKO RUDIC
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PREVIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
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020 SPECIAL SETS: WORKOUTS OF A WORLD CHAMPION
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043 Q&A WITH COACH ANTHONY NESTY
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044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROBERT FINKE
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013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—MULTI-EQUIPMENT PROGRAM FOR STRENGTH AND POWER
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JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: RAQUEL MALDONADO
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COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

022 OFFICIAL WORD

025 DID YOU KNOW? MARK SPITZ & PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND

030 2019 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

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