Janet Evans

Janet Evans


8/28/1971, Fullerton, California, USA

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  • Trivia

    • In the 1994 World Championships, Janet was the only American woman to win an event.

    • In four Pan Pacific Championships, Janet won twelve gold medals.

    • Janet has been a motivational speaker since the age of sixteen. Some of her clients include McDonald's, Orowheat Bread, John Hancock, Speedo, V-8 Splash, HSBC, AT&T, and Bank of America.

    • In 1989, Janet won the Sullivan Award Winner for top U.S. amateur athlete.

    • In 1993, Janet was named KidSports Person of the Year.

    • In 1989, Janet was named Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee.

    • Janet was the final Olympic torch runner at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • Janet was named American Swimmer of the Year five times ('87-'91) and World Swimmer of the Year three times ('87, '89, and '90) by the American-based magazine Swimming World.

    • Janet holds the world record in the 800 and 1500 meter freestyle.

    • At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she won three golds in the 400 meter individual medley, and the 400 and 800 meter freestyle. She also broke her own world record in the 400 free.

    • When she was fifteen, Janet set world records in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyle.

    • She was a student at Stanford University. In 1991, she left the school because of a new NCAA rule limiting collegiate swimmers to only twenty hours of practice a week.

  • Quotes

    • Janet: (On her unorthodox straight arm swimming style) My straight-arm recovery was natural. I really couldn't swim it any other way. I think I developed it when I was a kid, and I wanted to get down the pool the fastest. I figured the fastest way to get to the other end was to turn my arms over as fast as I could.

  • Very talented swimmer!

    I think that Janet was and is a very talented swimmer. She first came to notice back in the Seoul 1988 Olympics. And also competed in 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta. For which she helped carry the torch in the Opening Ceremonies to Muhammad Ali at the end. I rememeber watching that very touching moment when she did that. Really is not just a cla*s act on the swimming front. But also seems really genuine person off it as well. She is now a motivational speaker and was at one point. Wanting to be a lawyer. Shows you she is really smart and intelligent.moreless
  • The girl can swim and perform daring feats of circus fun!

    Janet Evans has gone from Olympic athlete to star of the new NBC show Celebrity Circus. The show starts tomorrow night, June 11th at 9:30 on NBC. I'm so totally excited and impressed that they have gotten an Olympic athlete for the show. I love all the other d-listers, especially Chris Knight (oh, Peter Brady) but this Janet Evans is a treat to watch. She really looks amazing too. I hear some of the people have gotten injured (again, Chris Knight broke his arm and Stacey Dash broke some ribs) so who wouldn't want to watch an actual dose of reality on their reality TV. I'm wondering if they will get to participate or if they will have to drop out? I guess I should do some research to figure it out. Anyway, I'll be watchiing the show tomorrow. Trained elephants and lions couldn't drag me away.moreless