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Janet Evans made her Olympic debut way back in 1988 when she won three gold medals. She was just 16-years-old when she won gold in the 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle and the 800-meter Individual Medley.
She won another gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games and also competed at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Now at 41-years-old, Evans has the itch to get back into the pool and to compete against women half her age.
Some have questioned the reasoning behind the return of Evans, but she has said the following about those who inquire:
"It's funny, my husband says that to me all the time," Evans said in a recent telephone interview. "He says, 'I'm sure people think you had your time.' But isn't that sport? I mean, whose time is when? It's sport. Competition is competition, and it really doesn't matter who it is or how old they are, it just matters that you've got to compete."
She has qualified to swim the 800-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle. In fact, Evans still holds the American record in the 800-meter freestyle and she has the heart of a champion.
It will not be easy for Evans, who competed in her first Olympic Games 24-years ago, to qualify for the Olympic Games. If she somehow does qualify though, she will have the support of millions as she chases a gold medal on the other side of 40.