Mark Spitz failed miserably in his attempt to return
to the Olympics after an 18 year layoff. He didn't
even qualify to go the US Olympic Trials! He stated
afterwards (this is paraphrased): "If I can't do it,
it can't be done!"
Well, the most recent issue of SWIM magazine has an
article by Dr. Phil Whitten about his research into
perfomance vs. age. The conclusion about Spitz was
that IF HE HAD KEPT SWIMMING instead of laying off
for 18 years, he would have had a very good shot at
making the team. Phil's projected time for Spitz if
he hadn't layed off would have put him in third at the
trials by just few hundreths. As the article states:
Tantalizingly close to an Olympic berth.