Swimmer Janet Evans currently stars on NBC’s daring new reality show “Celebrity Circus.”
Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, Evans was a natural-born swimmer who was doing laps at the age of two. In 1987, when she was 15 years old, Evans broke the world record in the 400m, 800m and the 1,500m freestyle. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Evans won her first gold medal in the 400m individual medley. Three days later, she won the 400m freestyle and broke her own world record by 1.6 seconds. She added a third Olympic victory in the 800m freestyle. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Evans easily defended her title in the 800m by leading from start to finish and winning by eight meters, and also won the silver in the 400m. Evans made one final appearance at the Olympics in 1996, but cites running the Olympic Torch, rather than the actual competition, as the highlight of that Olympics. She is considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time, and her world records for the 400m, the 800m and the 1500m, set in 1988 and 1989, have yet to be broken.
Currently, Evans is also a highly requested public speaker throughout the world.