Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Spitz also did it with a full head of hair and a mustache, didn't he?
But everyone else did (imagine the drag those sideburns create), and no one wore goggles, IIRC.
I have been absolutely riveted by the swimming this year, thanks to Phelps and the rest of the team's performances. It's always been my favorite sport, but this takes me back to the first Olympics I really remember, the 1972 games. The effect on me was dramatic; I went from a seven year old who liked swim team to a seven year old who was going to compete in the Olympics. Of course, it didn't quite work out that way, but I am just as jazzed about swimming now as I was as a kid way back then.
In fact, I'm going to the IU pool today to challenge anyone over 40 to a fifty meter freestyle sprint!