Mark Spitz Will Be Commentating for SportTV at World Championships

Today, Brazil is announcing their World Championship team heading to Budapest this summer. Including 9-time Olympic Champion Mark Spitz, domestic rights holder SportTV already has their broadcasting team set in place. This summer we will find Spitz summarizing each finals session directly from Budapest for Sport TV –  a sports-oriented Portuguese-language broadcasting network.

 With 9 Olympic gold medals, 67-year-old Spitz is still one of the biggest names in swimming of all time. Who hasn’t seen the iconic Mark Spitz poster with a shirtless Spitz wearing all his Olympic medals?   We’ve all been to age group meets where some hot shot 10 year old tries to replicate the spitz photo with a proud mom and dad clicking away.  Spitz started all that. It was his gift to the next generation and it keeps on giving. Hair styles have changed since then, but the message is still the same: “I am unbeatable.” He was the Michael Phelps before Michael was even on our radar, and he is no rookie to Sport-commentating. Spitz worked with SportTV during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their award-winning “É Campeão” program. He also previously worked with ABC sports and covered the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Spitz will be joined by Milton Leite, Mariana Brochado, Alexandre Pussieldi, Alexandre Oliveira, Edgar Alencar.   Spitz is not alone in accomplishments – each member of this team has considerable experience. This will be Milton Leite’s second world championships with SportTV. Mariana Brochado competed in the 2003 and 2005 swimming world championships, and commentated for SportTV at the 2015 Kazan World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics. Alexandre Pussieldi will be commentating his 10th World Championships for SportTV. Edgar Alencar covered the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada.

 With One of America’s best returning to the swimming scene, it is easy to forget there was a period when Spitz was absent from pool deck.  Spitz was not invited to the Olympic Games in Beijing, despite being voted one of the top 5 Olympians of all time.  While Phelps was attempting to break Spitz’ 7-gold-medal-in-one-Games record, Spitz found himself sitting at home watching from his couch. “I never got invited. You don’t go to the Olympics just to say, I am going to go. Especially because of who I am. . . . 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.” This summer, Spitz will find himself back on pool deck.  His role will be different than what it was 45 years ago – but we are excited to watch him excel on a different platform.  For those of us who were not lucky enough to witness him in his previous era of medals and world records – the chance to witness him in action again should be worth translating Portuguese to English on our smartphones.  Tune at the end of July to see the legend back near the pool, where he started.

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Lane Four
5 years ago

Does anyone remember how TERRIBLE he was doing commentary for the 1984 Olympics? Sorry, this is NOT good news.

Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

Why the down votes. Lane Four is correct.

Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

Wow you guys are old

Reply to  Dylab
5 years ago

Yes, old. And still competing.

5 years ago

Can he please take Rowdy’s spot?

5 years ago

Brazil Team:
1 – Felipe Lima – 100 Breast
2 – Gabriel Santos – 100 free, 4×100 free and medley relay
3 – João Gomes Junior – 100 breast
4 – Thiago Simon – 200 breast
5 – Leonardo de Deus – 200 Fly/200 Back
6 – Marcelo Chierighini – 100 free, 4×100 free
7 – Henrique Martins – 100 fly, Medley Relay
8 – Guilherme Guido – 100 Back, Medley Relay
9 – Brandonn Almeida – 400 medley
10 – Joanna Maranhão – 400 medley, maybe 200 free, 200 fly, 200 back, 400 free
11 – Bruno Fratus – 50 free, 4×100 free relay
12 – Manuella… Read more »

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Not even relay spot for Santana?

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Santana got 5th at 100 free(49,06 I Think) so the rules were
Take top 8 IT (Took 9 cause Guido and Brandonn tied on 8th)
Nicholas Santos due to 50 fly textile WR.
Then the other 6 Top IT on Olympic events. The list is on order of IT

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Watch out for Henrique Martins as a wild card in this relay

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Mark Spitz at 1972 olympic games
His 7 finals

Stan Crump
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago
5 years ago

Fala Portugues senor Spitz?

5 years ago

I hope the same commentators on Eurosport in 2015 are going to be the same at this World Championships. Those guys were great.

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