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Reporting from the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece where his 1972 record is being challenged for the first time in 32 years, Spitz is the world record holder of 7 gold medals for swimming in one year. Join Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard to hear how this world champion sees this year's Olympic Games.

“Waking Up in America” host, Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard, featured on Internet radio station VoiceAmerica (, welcomed Olympic Swimming Legend, Mark Spitz on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 12 noon Pacific time (9:00 am Eastern time). VoiceAmerica ( is a division of SurfNet Media Group, Inc (OTCBB: SFNM), a leading Internet broadcast media company.

Reporting from the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece where his 1972 record is being challenged for the first time in 32 years, Spitz is the world record holder of 7 gold medals for swimming in one year. Join Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard to hear how this world champion sees this year's Olympic Games. Hear the advice he has for Michael Phelps, his predictions on the winners, and how parents, teachers and coaches are integral to any success story.

The interview with one of Voice America’s premiere hosts and intriguing conversationalist, Valerie Kirkgaard, is available On Demand at

About Mark Spitz

American swimmer Mark Spitz dominates Olympic record books. At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, he not only became the first athlete to take home seven gold medals (three in relays, two in freestyle and two in butterfly), but he set new world records in all seven events.

Spitz had already won a bronze, a silver and two gold medals in Mexico City in 1968; with a total of 11 medals, he shares the record for the most medals ever won by a U.S. Olympian. With nine gold medals, Spitz is tied with Carl Lewis for the most gold medals won, behind only Ray Ewry, who won 10 (two of which, however, were won in the unofficial Intercalated Games of 1906). He is tied with Matt Biondi for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. male swimmer.

Outside the Olympics, he claimed 24 National Amateur Athletic Union championships and set 25 individual American records. He won five golds at the 1967 Pan-American Games. Spitz won eight NCAA titles, and was NCAA Champion four times in the 100-yard butterfly.

Having broken world records 26 times, Spitz has received numerous honors. He was awarded the AAU James E. Sullivan Award in 1971, and was named the 1972 World Athlete of the Year and the 1972 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. In 1977 He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer.

A competitive swimmer since childhood, by the end of his 10-year-old age group season, Spitz had achieved 17 age-group records. He owes much of his success to working with three of America's great swimming coaches, Hall of Famers Sherm Chavoor, Doc Counselman and George Haines.

Today, Spitz is still an active supporter of swimming. He spends much of his free time with his wife Suzey and their two sons, Matt and Justin. He enjoys sailing and has completed the TransPacific Yacht Race from San Pedro, Calif., to Honolulu, Hawaii, three times.

About “Waking Up in America”

“Waking Up In America” is Internet Talk Radio with a Social Conscious. Our editors are experts in their fields and work each day to make this world a little better for all of us. It is our belief that we do have the power to influence political and social agendas through our voice. By participating and supporting important conversations and the issues facing our society today, you get to say how life goes too. It is also important to have a place where both sides of the story can be heard. That is what we strive for at “Waking Up In America”.

You can hear “Waking Up in America” with Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard on live every Wednesday at 12:00pm PST with re-broadcast 12 hours later. Archives of her past interviews are also available at

About Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard

Dr. Valerie Anne Kirkgaard, PhD, is a retired Marriage Family Counselor and the creator of the Kirkgaard Method of Directed Breath, a unique method of clearing emotional blocks. Each week on Making Room For Love Dr. Valerie brings you new and different techniques to handle the life's ups and downs with grace and ease. For more information on Valerie go to

About SurfNet Media Group, Inc.

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