- Evans, Janet (Wikipedia.org)
"In 1987, she broke the world records in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, she won three gold medals. In the games, she set a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle event; this record would hold for 18 years until Laure Manaudou broke it in May 2006. Until June 2007 Evans held the 1,500 meters record (set in March of 1988) when it was broken by Kate Ziegler with a time of 15:42.54. Evans holds the current world record in the 800 meters (set in August of 1989). The 800 record is one of the longest standing ever in the sport of swimming, lasting through four Olympic Games. Only the 100 m freestyle record of the dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden stood longer (1936 - 1956)."
"Janet Evans was named the 1989 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States."
"Following her 1988 performance, Evans continued to dominate the American and world distance scene. She became the first woman ever to win back-to-back Olympic and World Championship titles in any event, taking the 1988 and 1992 Olympic titles and the 1991 and 1994 World titles in the 800 m freestyle."
"She won the 400 m and 800 m free at the U.S. National Championships 12 times each, the most national titles in one event by any swimmer in the 100-year history of the event." 08-07