OLYMPIC GREAT SPITZ SNUBBED

Published on: August 11, 2008
OLYMPIC GREAT SPITZ SNUBBED

UPDATE: Mark Spitz, Olympic swimming legend, wasn't  in Beijing when Michael Phelps tied his record of seven gold medals - no one invited him!

An angry Spitz says the IOC or NBC should have brought him to the games.

Spitz was one of the most famous athletes in the world, winning seven gold medals in swimming at the 1972 Munich Olympics -- a feat many consider the greatest individual achievement in sport. 

His iconic poster depicting the then- mustached aqua-man adorned the walls of as many teen age girls as Farrah Fawcett did for boys. 

"I am going to sit there and watch Michael Phelps break my record anonymously? That's almost demeaning to me," Spitz told AP.

"It is not almost -- it is."

UPDATE: After Phelps tied his record, Spitz congratulated Phelps in China via satellite.

Spitz said Phelp's achievement  was "epic".