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Janet Evans’ golden moment came out of the pool

On June 30, 2012, the Chicago Tribune wrote this:

"Her comeback over, Evans leaves with a record unbroken and an indelible link to Olympic history

OMAHA — We met for the first time for an interview at her home in California before the 1988 Olympics. Janet Evans was a bubbly 16-year old, and I was a month from becoming a father, a year older then than she is now.

You keep your distance in this business, fearful of getting too close to a subject lest the day come when there is going to be a negative story, and you can’t find the emotional detachment to write it properly. Over time, that gap between Janet and me shrank, maybe because from the day my son was born, Janet’s father, Paul, always would ask how he was doing. And when Janet got a little older, so would she."

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Janet Evans, 40, Swims for Another Olympics

On June 5, 2012, the Orange County Register wrote this:

"A few minutes past 4:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, Janet Evans sleepily raced her BMW through a light rain, north up Pacific Coast Highway, her personal comeback trail cutting through the darkness.

In a way, the journey Evans makes five mornings a week from her home in Laguna Beach to the pool at Golden West College in Huntington Beach is similar to most of her career – an empty lane in front of her, nobody in sight as she churns through uncharted waters."

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At 40, Former Olympic Champion Returns With a Different Focus

On February 21, 2012, the New York Times wrote this:

"In 1988, Evans, then 17 and weighing barely 100 pounds, vanquished the East Germans — later found to be systematically doping — on her way to three Olympic gold medals in Seoul, South Korea, and instantly became a household name. She was so accomplished by her third and final Olympics, in 1996 in Atlanta, that she was chosen to pass the Olympic torch to Muhammad Ali during the opening ceremony.

Sixteen years after those Games, and a year after returning to the pool, Evans has qualified to race in her signature events, the 400- and 800-meter freestyles, at the United States Olympic trials in June. The top two finishers in each event will earn berths to the London Games.

Evans’s return to high-level competition has captivated some while confusing others. For every person who applauds her comeback after giving birth to two children and taking a 14-year hiatus from training, many others wonder about her motives given that she is a long shot to qualify for her fourth Olympics."