The following year, Mark set his first world record at a small California meet in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of .60, and emerged on the world swimming stage. He won five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games, setting a record that lasted until 2007 when Brazilian swimmer, Thiago Pereira, won six golds at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Spitz was already the holder of ten world records, and he brashly predicted that he would win six gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
Pop-Culture Isolation is basically a case of pop-culture myopia of sorts, where celebrities, music genres, media or events are huge and significant in one subculture or ethnic group, but elsewhere nobody knows they exists or is indifferent to them altogether.
We're not talking about separate countries here, but the same country or region.
That fuels this trope even further for better or for worse.
Spitz holds more medals than any other Jewish athlete in the history of the Olympics.
Between 19, Spitz won nine Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze; five Pan American golds; 31 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles; and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles.
A lot of this is especially prevalent in entertainment media, affecting music in particular (radio is usually fingered as being the main cause, as it was and still is very isolated in terms of programming and format, leading to accusations of segregation).
Let's face it, there are cultural barriers, and people thrive in their own microcosm.At age six, his family returned to Sacramento, California, and he began to compete at his local swim club.