Currently alive, at 49 years of age.
1971 – Janet Elizabeth Evans, born on the 28th of August in Fullerton, California. She is a record-breaking American competitive swimmer.
1982 – She started competitive swimming as a child. By the age of 11 she was setting National Age Group records in the longer events.
1988 – She was one of the stars of the Seoul Olympics, winning gold medals in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events and the 400-meter individual medley.
1989 – Won seven national championships. She took the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle titles and the 400-yard individual medley at the short-course nationals, the 400- and 800-meter freestyles and the 200- and 400-meter medley events at the long-course nationals.
– Won her the Sullivan Award as the country’s outstanding amateur athlete of the year as well as the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Sportswoman of the Year award.
1990 – 1991 – Swimming for Stanford University, she won the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events at the NCAA championships.
1990 – She was the 400-yard individual medley titlist.
1991 – She left school because of a new NCAA rule limiting collegiate swimmers to only 20 hours of practice a week.
– She also won the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events at the world championships.
1992 – Olympics, she claimed two more medals, a gold in the 800-meter freestyle and a silver in the 400-meter.
1993 – Gave up the individual medley event to focus on her freestyle swimming.
1994 – She repeated her triple victories at both national meets again, but claimed only one world championship, in the 800-meter.
1995 – Began to show signs of vulnerability, after winning the usual three freestyle races at the national spring meet, she didn’t win anything at the summer nationals, where her best finish was a second in the 400-meter.
1996 – At her third Olympics, she didn’t come close to medaling, and she announced her retirement from competitive swimming shortly afterward.