Before we had Phelps and Lochte, we had Mark Spitz. At age 17 he looked more like the clean shaven swimmers of today. By 1972 however, the year he won his then record 7 gold medals at the Munich Olympics, with his long hair and trademark mustache, he was so indomitable he didn’t even need a swim cap or goggles!

PHOTOS: From top: 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany by Tony Duffy /Allsport; 1972 by Rich Clarkson; Sports Illustrated cover, Sept.4 1972 by Heinz Kluetmeier; 1967, Mark Spitz At 17, Crystal Palace London by Central Press