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PortageParkPool

Over Labor Day weekend, I plunged into the cooling waters of Chicago’s Portage Park swimming pool. Aaahhhh.
 

 
A plaque outside the complex says swimmer Mark Spitz set new records here, during the 1972 Olympic trials. Here’s a video of him competing in the butterfly at Portage Park. Check out his long arms and fast speed.

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Spitz went on to amaze us at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Wearing a red, white and blue Speedo and a mustache, he won seven gold medals (freestyle and butterfly, individual and relay), and set a world record in every event he entered.

Spitz’s record of seven gold medals stood for 36 years — until Michael Phelps bested it and won eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Still, Spitz’s accomplishment is iconic. As is his beefcake photo, shown above.

MarkSpitz-GoldMedals

But what I think is the coolest, is that I swim in the same pool he once did!

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