I wrote about the U.S. Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay this morning, and in the post I said that I think Michael Phelps is going to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals. As I’ve been watching Phelps in the first few days of the games, I’ve found myself wondering where Spitz is. He was at the games in 2004 watching as Phelps tried to break his record, but for some reason Mark hasn’t shown up in Beijing.
Is he upset that the one thing he’s known for is about to be taken away from him? If that’s the case, it’s hard to really blame him for it. I mean, who wouldn’t be upset if something they accomplished was wiped out of the record books? As it turns out, though, that’s not the case at all. Spitz wants to be in Beijing to watch Phelps. If Michael does break his record, he even wants to be the one to put the eighth gold medal around his neck. So why isn’t Spitz in China right now? Well, nobody invited him.