Tonight, former Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz sits down with Piers Morgan to talk health, success and Michael Phelps. At the 1972 Munich Olympics Spitz won seven gold medals- the most number of medals won in one Olympic. It's a record that took over three decades to break but in 2008, Michael Phelps cruised by Spitz, scooping up eight gold medals.
Morgan asks Spitz the question on everybody’s mind – “You and Michael Phelps ... right now, at the peak of both your powers, who’d win?”
Spitz says in the past he's always answered honestly:
“If I was great because I knew everything I needed to know to beat that other person, then I would have to know everything that would be necessary to beat Michael. And likewise, he would have to know everything to beat me. So the answer is we’d have to tie."
However Spitz follows up with a slightly more coy response based on the fact that he beat his opponents by a larger margin then Michael Phelps had:
“Well, I’d like to say, you know, selfishly, maybe I might beat him.”
While Spitz and Phelps aren't friends he did offer Phelps some advice when he qualified for the Olympic Games for Athens:
“What I said to him was, 'I know you can do this,'" Spitz explains. "'Just stop listening to the press. But give them all the time they want.'"
Tune in this evening at 9pm for the full interview as Spitz talks about winning big and staying healthy.