Coach for Nueva Esperanza, Nightswimmer, and Searcher
Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, Janet Evans was a natural-born swimmer who was swimming laps at the age of two. In 1987, when she was 15 years old, Janet broke the world record in both the 400m, 800m and the 1500m freestyle. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she won her first gold medal in the 400m individual medley. Three days later, she won the 400m freestyle by more than two seconds and broke her own world record by 1.6 seconds.
Janet added a third Olympic victory in the 800m freestyle. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics she easily defended her title in the 800m by leading from start to finish, winning by eight meters; she also won the silver in the 400m. Evans made one final appearance at the Olympics in 1996, but sites running the Olympic torch as the highlight of that Olympics over the actual competition.
Considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time, Janet’s record in the 400m freestyle stood for 18 years, her world record in the 1500m lasted 19 years, and she still holds the global mark in the 800m.
Since the end of her swimming career, Janet has made a name for herself as a commercial spokesperson, author, a reality television personality, and a highly sought after speaker.
In 2007, she published her first book titled Total Swimming which offers fitness programs, workouts, and proper swim techniques to readers. In 2008, Janet was selected to star on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Circus where the competition reached new heights as she attempted death-defying stunts in a head-to-head competition in front of a live studio audience.
Her career as a motivational speaker started at the young age of 16 and has turned her into one of the most requested keynotes in the country. Janet executes motivational speeches for top companies in varying fields including: Technology, Healthcare, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Apparel, Banking, Insurance, Trade Associations, packaged goods, non profits and many others. With her easy style and grace on a podium, Janet has helped veteran salesman and senior executives alike.
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