London 2012: Janet Evans on comeback trail after 16 years  For two years, American swimmer Janet Evans has been focused on achieving the most improbable feat.    Twenty four years after winning three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a teenager, and 16 years after retiring, the 40-year-old mother of two is in the midst of a comeback.

London 2012: Janet Evans on comeback trail after 16 years

London 2012: Janet Evans on comeback trail after 16 years For two years, American swimmer Janet Evans has been focused on achieving the most improbable feat. Twenty four years after winning three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a teenager, and 16 years after retiring, the 40-year-old mother of two is in the midst of a comeback.

Four-time gold medalist Janet Evans held the women’s 800m freestyle world record for 18 years (8:16:22), as well as carrying the Olympic torch (passing to Muhammad Ali) in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She is now making a comeback at age 40 (read NY Times article).

Four-time gold medalist Janet Evans held the women’s 800m freestyle world record for 18 years (8:16:22), as well as carrying the Olympic torch (passing to Muhammad Ali) in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She is now making a comeback at age 40 (read NY Times article).

Brilliant long-distance swimmer - Janet Evans - Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, via YouTube.

Brilliant long-distance swimmer - Janet Evans - Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, via YouTube.

Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans, 40, displaying the face of determination, goes through her workout at Golden West College. 2012 PHOTO BY MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Janet Evans, 40, swims for another Olympics

Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans, 40, displaying the face of determination, goes through her workout at Golden West College. 2012 PHOTO BY MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Michael Phelps Photos Photos - Michael Phelps competes in the men's100m butterfly during the Janet Evans Invitational on July 20, 2002 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California. - Janet Evans Invitational

Michael Phelps Photos Photos: Janet Evans Invitational

Michael Phelps Photos Photos - Michael Phelps competes in the men's100m butterfly during the Janet Evans Invitational on July 20, 2002 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California. - Janet Evans Invitational

Michael Phelps Photos Photos - Michael Phelps competes in the men's100m butterfly during the Janet Evans Invitational on July 20, 2002 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California. - Janet Evans Invitational

Michael Phelps Photos Photos: Janet Evans Invitational

Michael Phelps Photos Photos - Michael Phelps competes in the men's100m butterfly during the Janet Evans Invitational on July 20, 2002 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California. - Janet Evans Invitational

Janet Evans, 17, after her victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she won three gold medals.

Janet Evans, Olympic Champion Swimmer, Returns With a Different Focus

Janet Evans, 17, after her victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she won three gold medals.

Janet Evans interview...she seems so down to earth and emotionally stable. Overall nice person and really inspiring mindset.

Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans

Janet Evans interview...she seems so down to earth and emotionally stable. Overall nice person and really inspiring mindset.

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