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.

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.

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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).

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).

Janet Evans an Olympic comeback!  The best distance swimmer and swimmer body.. motivation to swim the Charleston 2.4 mile again! Now how do I get that bod..

Janet Evans an Olympic comeback! The best distance swimmer and swimmer body.. motivation to swim the Charleston 2.4 mile again! Now how do I get that bod..

Janet Evans, 17, after her victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she won three gold medals.

Janet Evans, 17, after her victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she won three gold medals.

Katie Ledecky (USA) wins gold medal for women's 800m freestyle during the London 2012 Olympic Games.    Um...She's 15 yrs old.

Katie Ledecky (USA) wins gold medal for women's 800m freestyle during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Um...She's 15 yrs old.

Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans, 40, displaying the face of determination, goes through her workout at Golden West College. 2012 PHOTO BY MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans, 40, displaying the face of determination, goes through her workout at Golden West College. 2012 PHOTO BY MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A Day in My Diet: Olympic Swimmer Janet Evans snaps a pic of every meal she eats. Very clean!!

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.

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.

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