But since I tried to hang out with the swim team as much as possible, hoping for a glimpse of muscular boys in speedos, I heard quite a lot about Mark Spitz, who won 9 Gold Medals at the 1972 Olympics and was named Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine in 1969, 1970, and 1971.
My friend Dan thought he was dreamy, but I liked more muscle, and besides, the Castro Clone moustache was a turn-off. I thought it made him look too feminine.
One of the first beefcake posters in history, it subjected Mark to a lot of leers and dirty jokes from comedians. In the Doonesbury comic strip, Zonker has a recurring homophobic nightmare that Mark Spitz is coming to "get him."
He continues to work as a sportscaster and commentator today. I don't know if he is gay-positive or not.