Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Janet Evans Attempting a Comeback

This one goes out to my wife, the swimmer.

In 1988 16 year old Janet Evans took home three gold medals at the Seoul Olympics winning the 400 meter freestyle, 800 meter freestyle and the 400 meter individual medley. She then followed that up four years later with a silver in the 400 meter freestyle and another gold in the 800.
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Now, nearly two decades later, at age 40, Janet Evans is making a comeback. In June, swimming competitively for the first time since the 1996 Olympics, Evans set Masters records in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle. And now she has her sights set on the Olympic trials in hopes of heading to London in 2012 as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team once again. She's got some work to do, needing to cut about 4 seconds off of her 400 meter time (4:23.82 to 4:19.39), and about 8 seconds of of her 800 meter time (8:59.06 to 8:50.49) just to qualify for the trials, but she is determined to give it a shot. And before you're quick to dismiss her, consider that Dara Torres was 41 when she raced for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics and she ended up taking home three silver medals. U.S. Olympic Team Trials start on June 25th.

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