Richard J. Foster is the current president of United States Aquatic Sports, the umbrella organization that represents all U.S. aquatic sports (swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving) in the international governing body. He has also served as a board member of the United States Olympic Committee and as president of USA Water Polo for twelve years. A practicing attorney, Foster specializes in sports law and has represented numerous Olympic and professional athletes. He also teaches a graduate-level sports law course at Long Beach State University. He lives in Long Beach, California.
"A marvelous look at a legendary athlete and a complex man." --Chuck Wielgus, executive director, USA Swimming
"Rich Foster does a magnificent job telling the true story of the greatest swimmer of all time." --Brent Rutemiller, publisher, "Swimming World Magazine"
"I have known Mark for 35 years. He is a true Olympic icon. We have traveled the world together. What a life he has led!" --Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold medalist, decathalon (1976)
"Fans of Mark Spitz and swimming in general will love this thorough look at the personal and professional lives of this great Olympian." --Mark Schubert, head Olympic coach, USA Swimming
"Mark Spitz is one of the most significant figures in the history of the Olympic Games and is a remarkable human being. His story is long overdue." --Peter Ueberroth, chairman, United States Olympic Committee
"This is a riveting, inspiring look at one of the most important American athletes in the history of sports." --Ross Wales, former honorary secretary, FINA, and Olympic bronze medalist, 100-meter butterfly (1968)
"Rich Foster not only captures the magnificent story of Mark Spitz's career, he also masterfully describes the politics and intrigue of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games." --Bob Seagren, Olympic gold medalist, pole vault (1968), and Olympic silver medalist, pole vault (1972)
"What is it that makes a champion? Why is it that after almost 40 years, Mark Spitz is still the most famous swimmer in the world? Like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, Mark Spitz excelled when the pressure was the greatest and the spotlight the brightest. In this remarkable biography, Rich Foster explores and explains the complexities of the personality and makeup of the man who accomplished the greatest athletic achievement in the history of the Olympic Games."-Bruce Wigo, CEO, International Swimming Hall of Fame
"Foster's balanced and meticulous retelling of Spitz's challenges, struggles, and triumphs is informed by extensive interviews with Spitz as well as his family, coaches, and competitors. Spitz is perhaps the finest swimmer of all time, and his ongoing life is well recounted here. --"Library Journal"