London 2012: Janet Evans on comeback trail after 16 years For two years, American swimmer Janet Evans has been focused on achieving the most improbable feat. Twenty four years after winning three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a teenager, and 16 years after retiring, the 40-year-old mother of two is in the midst of a comeback.
Four-time gold medalist Janet Evans held the women’s 800m freestyle world record for 18 years (8:16:22), as well as carrying the Olympic torch (passing to Muhammad Ali) in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She is now making a comeback at age 40 (read NY Times article).
A Day in My Diet: Olympic Swimmer Janet Evans snaps a pic of every meal she eats. Very clean!!
Three members of the @teamrefugees, Ethiopian marathoner Yonas Kinde, Congolese judoka Popole Misenga (wearing jacket), and Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini (with the legendary @janet_evans, @la2024 Vice Chair) came by the @olympics meeting before the games. A year ago, Mardini was forced to swim for her lifewhen the inflatable dinghy she was on between Turkey and Greece began to sink. When I spoke to her said she hoped that meeting Janet Evans would give her luck during the Rio games.