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Unorthodox Freestyle Swimming Icon Janet Evans - Seoul 1988 Olympics
Unorthodox Freestyle Swimming Icon Janet Evans - Seoul 1988 Olympics
Published: 2013/01/26
Channel: Olympic
1988 Olympic Games - Swimming - Women
1988 Olympic Games - Swimming - Women's 400 Meter Freestyle - Janet Evans USA
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: westnyacktwins
In Focus: Janet Evans
In Focus: Janet Evans
Published: 2012/06/15
Channel: FOX Sports
Winning is self-defined | Janet Evans | TEDxOrangeCoast
Winning is self-defined | Janet Evans | TEDxOrangeCoast
Published: 2014/10/23
Channel: TEDx Talks
Janet Evans on Katie Ledecky
Janet Evans on Katie Ledecky's Career on The Morning Swim Show
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: Swimming World
Janet Evans wins Gold - Women
Janet Evans wins Gold - Women's 800m Freestyle | Barcelona 1992 Olympics
Published: 2010/03/01
Channel: Olympic
1988 Olympic Games - Swimming - Women
1988 Olympic Games - Swimming - Women's 400 Meter Individual Medley - Janet Evans USA
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: westnyacktwins
"The Olympics is in the DNA of our city" - Janet Evans
"The Olympics is in the DNA of our city" - Janet Evans
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: High School Insider: LA Times
Janet Evans
Janet Evans
Published: 2011/03/11
Channel: Light Feet Running / Le Guide du Crawl Moderne
Janet Evans 800 Free at Masters 6-11-2011
Janet Evans 800 Free at Masters 6-11-2011
Published: 2011/06/11
Channel: Dale Robinson
4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Janet Evans, talks about her sexy abs
4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Janet Evans, talks about her sexy abs
Published: 2011/06/29
Channel: flexmini
Exclusive chat with Olympic champions Janet Evans and Nathan Adrian
Exclusive chat with Olympic champions Janet Evans and Nathan Adrian
Published: 2014/10/12
Channel: Sherry Wight
Janet Evans Swimming all Four Strokes in the "Flume"
Janet Evans Swimming all Four Strokes in the "Flume"
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Water Wings
Olympic medalist Janet Evans, 40, trains for a comeback
Olympic medalist Janet Evans, 40, trains for a comeback
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: orangecountydotcom
Day in the Life of Janet Evans
Day in the Life of Janet Evans
Published: 2012/05/07
Channel: swimoutletdotcom
Janet Evans fails to qualify for London 2012
Janet Evans fails to qualify for London 2012
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: sntv - inside every story
Olympic Swimming Trials | Janet Evans Praises Katie Ledecky
Olympic Swimming Trials | Janet Evans Praises Katie Ledecky's 'Beautiful Stroke'
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: Team USA
Janet Evans, one of the America
Janet Evans, one of the America's Greatest Swimmers, Makes a Comeback: Road to London
Published: 2012/05/04
Channel: Team USA
Janet Evans on her Olympic dreams
Janet Evans on her Olympic dreams
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: CNN
Keynote Speaker Janet Evans - Part 1
Keynote Speaker Janet Evans - Part 1
Published: 2011/07/21
Channel: USCAlumni
September 1996 - Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Janet Evans Speaks at DePauw University
September 1996 - Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Janet Evans Speaks at DePauw University
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: DePauw University Video - Ken Owen
1992 NBC Sports Olympic Moment Promo (Janet Evans)
1992 NBC Sports Olympic Moment Promo (Janet Evans)
Published: 2013/12/18
Channel: HamptonRoadsTVFan
AP Exclusive: Janet Evans Eyeing 2012 Olympics
AP Exclusive: Janet Evans Eyeing 2012 Olympics
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: Associated Press
Janet Evans: Olympic Gold Medal Swimming Champion, Author, Motivational Speaker
Janet Evans: Olympic Gold Medal Swimming Champion, Author, Motivational Speaker
Published: 2011/03/14
Channel: BigSpeak Speakers Bureau
Janet Evans Austin Grand Prix -  800m freestyle interview
Janet Evans Austin Grand Prix - 800m freestyle interview
Published: 2012/01/15
Channel: USA Swimming
Olympic Games 1992 - 400m Freestyle Dagmar Hase vs. Janet Evans
Olympic Games 1992 - 400m Freestyle Dagmar Hase vs. Janet Evans
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: kevstano
Janet Evans talks about Beijing
Janet Evans talks about Beijing
Published: 2008/08/19
Channel: SpeedoInternational
[Sports / Leadership] Janet Evans "Winning is self-defined" TEDxOrangeCoast
[Sports / Leadership] Janet Evans "Winning is self-defined" TEDxOrangeCoast
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: AEI Speakers
Janet Evans
Janet Evans
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: Mark Grodski
Janet Evans - I Always Wanted An American To Get That Record Back
Janet Evans - I Always Wanted An American To Get That Record Back
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: SwimSwam
Janet Evans & Allyson Felix - CSQ
Janet Evans & Allyson Felix - CSQ's 2017 Visionaries of the Year in Sports & Entertainment
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: CSuiteQuarterly
Tournament of Roses 2017 Grand Marshal Announcement - Janet Evans, Allyson Felix and Greg Louganis
Tournament of Roses 2017 Grand Marshal Announcement - Janet Evans, Allyson Felix and Greg Louganis
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Tournament of Roses®
Summer Sanders Interviews Janet Evans in the Crowd   2011 Golden Goggles Award
Summer Sanders Interviews Janet Evans in the Crowd 2011 Golden Goggles Award
Published: 2011/11/21
Channel: USA Swimming
Swimmer Janet Evans Misses 400 Free Cut
Swimmer Janet Evans Misses 400 Free Cut
Published: 2012/06/30
Channel: Syamily Vb
Janet Evans on protection
Janet Evans on protection
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: My APSP
Packing A Tournament Cooler With Janet Evans
Packing A Tournament Cooler With Janet Evans
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: TrueSport
Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans supports Olympic wrestling
Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans supports Olympic wrestling
Published: 2013/05/16
Channel: USA Wrestling
Janet Evans: How to Turn a Dream Into a Goal
Janet Evans: How to Turn a Dream Into a Goal
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: Premiere Speakers Bureau
Reflect H2O Swim Hair Care Promo Video (w/ testimonial) with Olympian Janet Evans.mp4
Reflect H2O Swim Hair Care Promo Video (w/ testimonial) with Olympian Janet Evans.mp4
Published: 2012/06/24
Channel: Laurie Mellott
Janet Evans
Janet Evans
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: Swimming World
What A #LA2024 Bid Means To Janet Evans
What A #LA2024 Bid Means To Janet Evans
Published: 2015/09/03
Channel: Team USA
Reportaje Janet Evans
Reportaje Janet Evans
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: TvAzteca
Janet Evans
Janet Evans' Olympic Comeback
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: WatchTheDaily
Janet Evans WWA PSA On Swim Lessons
Janet Evans WWA PSA On Swim Lessons
Published: 2009/05/18
Channel: BeWaterAware
Free Janet Evans
Free Janet Evans' Total Swimming
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: Tara Battle
Interview with Janet Evans at LA84 Foundation
Interview with Janet Evans at LA84 Foundation
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: SwimSwam
Janet Evans after making the Olympic Trials cut in the 400m free
Janet Evans after making the Olympic Trials cut in the 400m free
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: USA Swimming
Janet Evans makes her Olympic Trial cut at AUSTIN GRAND PRIX
Janet Evans makes her Olympic Trial cut at AUSTIN GRAND PRIX
Published: 2012/01/14
Channel: goldmedalmel
Janet Evans on learning to swim
Janet Evans on learning to swim
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: My APSP
Janet Evans WWA PSA On Parental Supervision
Janet Evans WWA PSA On Parental Supervision
Published: 2009/05/18
Channel: BeWaterAware
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Janet Evans
Janet Evans takes the Pool Safely Pledge.jpg
Evans in 2014
Personal information
Full name Janet Beth Evans
National team United States
Born (1971-08-28) August 28, 1971 (age 45)
Fullerton, California
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 119 lb (54 kg)
Website JanetEvans.com
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, individual medley
Club Golden West Swim Club
College team Stanford University

Janet Beth Evans (born August 28, 1971) is an American former competition swimmer who specialized in distance freestyle events. Evans was a world champion and world record-holder, and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics.

Biography[edit]

Born in Fullerton, California, Evans grew up in neighboring Placentia, where she started swimming competitively as a child. By the age of 11, she was setting national age group records in distance events. After swimming as a teenager for Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team[1] (FAST Swimming) and graduating from El Dorado High School,[2] Evans attended Stanford University, where she swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team from 1989 to 1991. She received the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year in 1988–89.[3] When the NCAA placed weekly hours limits on athletic training time, she quit the Stanford swim team to focus on training. She later attended the University of Texas at Austin before graduating from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1994.[4]

Evans was distinctive for her unorthodox "windmill" stroke and her apparently inexhaustible cardio-respiratory reserves. Slight of build and short of stature, she more than once found herself competing and winning against bigger and stronger athletes, some of whom were subsequently found to have been using performance-enhancing drugs.[5]

Janet Evans was the 1989 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. She was named the Female World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine in 1987, 1989, and 1990.

After retiring from competitive swimming, Evans worked as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson for companies such as AT&T, Speedo, Campbell's, PowerBar, John Hancock, Cadillac, and Xerox. In 2008, Evans competed on the NBC show Celebrity Circus.[6]

In 2010, Evans returned to competitive swimming in Masters swimming.[7]

Evans married Bill Willson in 2004, with whom she has two children. As of June 2012, the family lives in Laguna Beach, California.[8]

On November 3, 2016, Janet Evans was chosen to serve as co-Grand Marshal of the 2017 Rose Parade.

Career[edit]

In 1987, she broke the world records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle distances. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, she won three individual gold medals, and she also earned the nickname "Miss Perpetual Motion.".[9]

In these Olympics, Evans set a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle event. This record stood for 18 years until France's Laure Manaudou broke it in May 2006.

Evans held the 1,500-meter freestyle record, set in March 1988, through June 2007, when it was broken by American Kate Ziegler with her time of 15:42.54.

Evans held the world record in the 800-meter freestyle, 8:16:22, that she set in August 1989, until it was broken by Rebecca Adlington of Britain in August 2008. Adlington set the new record with her time of 8:14.10 in winning the race at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Evans's 800-meter record was one of the longest-standing ones ever in swimming, and it went unbroken through four Olympic Games (1992–2004). Only the 100-meter freestyle swimming record set by the Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden stood longer—from 1936 through 1956, during a period when international competition was interrupted by world war.

Following her outstanding performance of 1988, Evans continued to dominate the world's long-distance swimming competitions (400 meters and above). Evans became the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic and world championship titles in any one swimming event by winning the 1988 and 1992 Olympic gold medals and the 1991 and 1994 world championships in the 800-meter freestyle race. She would astonishingly go undefeated in all of the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle events for over five years, only being broken with her shock defeat by Dagmar Hase in the 400-meter freestyle at the Barcelona Olympics, where she led for almost the entire race but was narrowly caught at the end.

Evans won the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle events at the U.S. National Championships 12 times each, the largest number of national titles in one event by an American swimmer in the 100-year history of the competition.

Evans ended her swimming career, for all practical purposes, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She did not win any medals, but she did add one more highlight to her life. She was given the honor of carrying the Olympic torch in the opening ceremony, and she handed the torch to the American boxing legend Muhammad Ali to light the cauldron. On July 27, 1996, she was in a building being interviewed by a German newsman when a bomb exploded nearby. The explosion very lightly shook the building and startled Evans.

In the swimming pool, Evans finished ninth in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle. She did not qualify for the finals, as only the top eight finishers advance to the next level. In the final swim of her career, Evans finished in sixth place in the 800-meter freestyle.

At the Atlanta Games, American swimming officials criticized Ireland's Michelle Smith about her unexpected gold medals [10], suggesting that she might have been using performance-enhancing drugs. When asked about the accusations, Evans said that when anyone like Smith showed such a significant improvement, "there's always that question." American sportswriters sympathetic to Smith took this comment to mean that Evans was accusing Smith of steroid use as well [11], and they attacked Evans as being a sore loser. Evans later insisted that she meant no such accusation and that her remarks were taken out of context. In 1998, Smith received a four-year suspension for tampering with a urine sample.

At the end of Evans's swimming career, she held seven world records, five Olympic medals (including four gold medals), and 45 American national titles – third only to Tracy Caulkins and Michael Phelps.

In June 2011, it was reported that Evans was in the process of a comeback and had been training for six months with the goal of competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.[12] At the 2012 Olympic Trials, at the age of 40, she ended up finishing 80th out of 113 swimmers in the 400-meter freestyle[13] and 53rd out of 65 swimmers in the 800-meter freestyle.[14]

Evans was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 2001.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team web site. Accessed September 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Marcia C. Smith (July 11, 2010). "Swimmer Evans joins High School Hall of Fame". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Swimming & Diving. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Frank Litsky (August 21, 1994). "Swimming – Evans Becomes Older, Wiser, Taller, Heavier and, Best of All, Happier". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Janet Evans on Fighting the Good Fight". Swimming World. May 3, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  6. ^ ""Janet Evans Bio". The Grable Group". Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Distance Superstar Janet Evans Returning to Competitive Swimming in Masters". Swimming World Magazine. November 4, 2010. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Reid, Scott M. (June 9, 2012). "Janet Evans, 40, swims for another Olympics". The Orange County Register. p. 9. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "News UK". Times-olympics.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Speedo USA - Janet Evans Olympic Gold Medalist". Socialbilitty. March 13, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Under Suspicion After Winning Three Gold Medals In Atlanta, Irish Swimmer Michelle Smith Should Be A Big Star--But Too Many People Believe That Her Victories Were Drug-Aided". Sports Illustrated. April 14, 1997. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  12. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (June 12, 2011). "Janet Evans setting records in comeback attempt". USA Today. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Janet Evans fails to reach 400 freestyle final at U.S. Olympic swimming trials". Espn.go.com. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  14. ^ "2012 Olympics - Janet Evans, 40, misses 800 qualifying, ending comeback". Espn.go.com. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  15. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Janet Evans (USA). Retrieved March 16, 2015.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by

Tracey Wickham
Anke Möhring
Women's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 27, 1987 – August 19, 1987
March 22, 1988 – August 16, 2008
Succeeded by

Anke Möhring
Rebecca Adlington
Preceded by
Kim Linehan
Women's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 31, 1987 – June 17, 2007
Succeeded by
Kate Ziegler
Preceded by
Tracey Wickham
Women's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

December 20, 1987 – May 12, 2006
Succeeded by
Laure Manaudou
Awards and achievements
Preceded by

Kristin Otto
Kristin Otto
Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

1987
1989–1990
Succeeded by

Kristin Otto
Krisztina Egerszegi
Preceded by
Mary T. Meagher
Swimming World
American Swimmer of the Year

1987–1991
Succeeded by
Summer Sanders


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