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    • 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.