Okay, I just read the most ridiculous article about Mark Spitz. Apparently he’s a little upset he wasn’t invited to Beijing so he could witness swimmer Michael Phelps break his record (Spitz won 7 gold medals in 1972 Munich). Apparently Spitz is mad that he doesn’t get to hang one of Phelps’ medals around his neck. Apparently he’s dissatisfied that he didn’t get any cameratime during the 2004 games except for when he attended a couple volleyball matches. He’s mad he didn’t get a personal invitation to Beijing.
Geez, Mark, maybe it’s cuz you’re an ass.
The quote that made me roll my eyes at this diva’s opinion:
“I am going to sit there and watch Michael Phelps break my record anonymously? That’s almost demeaning to me. It is not almost—it is.” (italics mine)
And then there was this quote:
“I won seven events. If they had the 50m freestyle back then, which they do now, I probably would have won that too,” he said.
So let me get this straight.
1) He wants a personal invite.
2) He wants to be on camera as much as possible during the swim meets so people can see him being “supportive.”
3) He wants to personally present Phelps with one of the gold medals.
4) He wants the world to know that he could have won eight medals too, if he had the chance.
Nothing says “humility” more than an attitude like that, Mr. Mark “I’m only a little bit self-entitled, arrogant, egotistical and bitter” Spitz.
No wonder he didn’t get an invite this time around. If he was even fractionally this bitchy in 2004 *I* wouldn’t invite him to the party either.
“He’s almost identical to me. He’s a world-record holder in all these events, so he is dominating the events just like I did,” Spitz said. “He reminds me of myself.”
Oh Lord, I hope not. Michael Phelps – please do NOT follow in this guy’s footsteps. Carve your own. Be grateful for how much America loves you right now. But in 36 years when another upstart sets out to win nine medals, don’t start to behave like Whitney or Mariah. Just wish the guy (or girl) luck and be grateful for the time you DID have in our collective conscience. Our love is strong, but our memories are short. So enjoy it now, Mr. Phelps, and then move on. But don’t be a Sputz – don’t be like Spitz.
For more of my commentary on Mark Spitz and his interview on The Today Show, please see this post