When I went to the [1972 Munich] Olympics, a Russian coach asked me if my mustache slowed me down. I said, “No, as a matter of fact, it deflects water away from my mouth, allows my rear end to rise and make me bullet-shaped in the water. That’s what allowed me to swim so great.” He’s translating as fast as he can for the other coaches. The following year every Russian male swimmer had a mustache.
— Mark “The Shark” Spitz, winner of 7 gold medals in Munich