Janet Evans walked away from swimming after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, with her gold medals and world records that stood for many many years, morphed into a spokeswoman, got married and had two kids. Now in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, 39-year-old Evans revealed that she’s been training hard for the past six months with an eye on qualifying for the next year’s Olympic trials and, if all goes according to plan, earning a spot on the U.S. team for the London Games 2012. Read more here on newser.com and ap.org.
The first official test for Evans will come this weekend at the Janet Evans Invitational Masters meet in Fullerton, Calif. According to the Associated Press article, Evans will swim the 400- and 800-meter freestyles – events in which she held the world record – as well as the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke. This will be Evans’ first competition since the 1996 Olympics. See www.swimmingworldmagazine.com.