July 5, 1988 |
She started before sunup, swimming in the cool of the morning under the lights in Independence Park Pool at Fullerton, and she was still at it as her teammates finished their workouts and pulled themselves up onto the deck. As the members of the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team picked up their gear and headed for the gate, they kept an eye on their celebrated teammate who was still working steadily, up and down in that first lane that she always has to herself.
May 7, 1989 |
Fame has been kind to Janet Evans, owner of three gold medals from the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. It has embraced her, but not smothered her. Remarkably, Evans remains mostly unaffected and unimpressed by her swimming performances of a summer ago. All she did, of course, was win a gold medal in the 400 individual medley, followed by golds in the 400 freestyle, where she lowered her own world record, and the 800 freestyle, which she won with...
December 23, 1987 |
Janet Evans won the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the U.S. Swimming Open and set her third meet record. The 5-foot 4-inch Evans broke away from the field at the 300-meter mark and won in a time of 8 minutes 24.71 seconds. The time shattered the meet record of 8:32.70 held by East Germany's Astrid Strauss. "I would have liked it if somebody had been up there with me," Evans said. "It's been so long since I swam against somebody side-by-side, I don't know what it feels like."
September 27, 1988 |
Dick Bernier, the principal of El Dorado High School in Placentia, has never met Janet Evans, the triple gold-medal-winning swimmer who is now his most famous student. In his first year at the school, Bernier has only seen Evans the way the rest of the world has--on television. Yet he has found himself talking about her almost nonstop these days. Evans returned home Monday and may begin classes soon. When exactly, Bernier doesn't know.
May 12, 1989 |
Janet Evans, who won three gold medals swimming in the Olympics, said Thursday she has signed a letter of intent to attend Stanford in the fall. Evans, a senior at El Dorado High School, has been besieged by recruiters in recent weeks. She said she chose Stanford for its academics and its strong swim program. The Cardinal women's team won the 1989 National Collegiate Athletic Assn. swim championship. Stanford also won the title in 1983 and has never finished lower than third since 1977.
July 12, 1986 |
It was the first day of the Goodwill Games in Moscow and Janet Evans of Placentia was preparing for her first event in her first international meet. The 5-foot 2-inch, 85-pound swimmer, who will be a sophomore at El Dorado High School this fall, walked past a few of the Soviet swimmers, who took one look at this tiny American and began to laugh. Bad move. Evans, 14, went on to record her best time ever in the 800-meter freestyle (8:38.
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June 13, 1989 |
Move over, Janet Evans. Placentia's latest star, Michael Chang, the 17-year-old tennis phenom who won the French Open, is about to receive the red-carpet treatment. "I just loved watching the French Open on TV over the weekend," said Mayor pro Tem Norman Z. Eckenrode, dripping with city pride. "Every time I heard (announcer) Dick Enberg say, when he referred to Chang, as 'this youngster from Placentia who just won't quit,' ooh, I got excited! I loved every minute of it." Not since Placentia's Evans, the winsome teen-age swimmer who captured three gold medals in the Summer Olympics in Seoul last year, has the city of 38,477 been so excited, Eckenrode said.
January 31, 1987 |
Janet Evans of Fullerton Aquatics has been described as looking like "one of those wind-up bathtub toys" or as "a windmill in a hurricane" as she strokes furiously through the water, a little girl trying to keep pace with the women in the pool. She was just 5 feet tall and weighed only 80 pounds when she competed in the Goodwill Games last summer, at 14. She was just too cute, making all those finals and collecting those bronze medals. Last month, at the U.S. Swimming Open in Orlando, Fla.
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July 2, 1997 |
The pool at Independence Park will be named in honor of its most famous swimmer, Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans, after all. In a 4-to-0 decision that overturned a recent Community Services Commission vote, the City Council on Tuesday named the pool after Evans. The commission voted 4 to 2 against that idea two months ago because Evans still is living. Commissioners said the city could regret naming the pool in her honor if she did something in the future to discredit her name.
August 3, 1987 |
After a week of victories, records, medals, cheering fans, autograph-seekers, press conferences, TV interviews and dozens of roses, Janet Evans was glad it was over. Oh, sure, it was fun. But she was tired. Especially after setting the world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle Friday night at the Phillips 66/U.S. Swimming Long Course National Championships in Clovis, Calif.