Olympics in Focus: Janet Evans
FOXSports.com's Amy Van Dyken sits down with the legendary Olympic swimmer
- Duration 8:03
- Date Apr 18, 2012
FOXSports.com's Amy Van Dyken sits down with the legendary Olympic swimmer
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-- -- -- -- Every child -- dreams of being an Olympian dreams of winning a gold medal.
Getting on the -- in the National Anthem playing is a dream for many -- reality for very view and some athletes forget what the Olympics is all about.
Janet Evans with one of those athletes.
With so much that that young age her name was synonymous with gold -- But even -- and it forgot that -- -- -- is winning with or without a -- He went -- -- in the early part of pop and -- didn't repeat that in 96 right.
If he would have run that course would have been more bitter and meet with its comeback that never happened.
Well I think that -- -- 96 action Hollywood 92 so I want to create 88 and then in 92 us was when sue and I got test out the 400 for the -- so.
I struggled from ninety to 96 with what that's -- -- to -- that I was was to win it gave -- perspective that I needed.
But it's not about winning so so I can't that would have been as involved in the Olympic movement after 96 that I haven't -- -- words I really -- -- apple.
I never live to the Atlantic side always -- winning and I it never lived in enjoyed the village -- an opening ceremonies are experienced the Olympics -- what.
The majority of athletes experience -- -- I -- the athletes we see on television are the ones that are winning but there's 101000 other athletes there.
That are there are in the name of sport in the name -- Movement and and so when I finish this board it got sit on the all these committees and do all these things and -- get motivational speeches about it with the movement.
I would never have it in perspective I haven't.
Have lived about five minute you know woman running.
Still five years ago would you think that you and I are going to be sitting out here.
Talking about you.
Than in the Olympics.
Like do that I would have thought that we are going to be sitting out here talking about this morning again it's not about you know summit in the morning and you think your kids then.
You know getting -- around three what is a typical day if you have to play doubles with apple they think it's okay if I -- doubles with just three days a week.
I get up about 45430.
In the pool by 515532.
Hours -- -- waits for an hour.
And then I come home.
And my oldest book girl that he -- -- preschool also taking her preschool at about my husband takes -- like it's pick her up and I'm home with my children.
And and I usually.
Take them an afternoon of in my parents house and parents watch them like -- -- afternoon -- I come back to get them and then come home make dinner at but the.
Out of -- so it's a busy day -- -- And didn't really think about I mean I don't use that it was certain food again -- -- if you got on the shoulder and yet but.
I'd really like I think.
He's good with it I think you know he knows me really well it -- -- ticket he knows what makes me happy and I think.
I feel very pleased and satisfied -- cut expenses.
It's that that very empowering.
One of the things about being forty being married him and doing all this is my -- it's very stable you know it's like I don't got a call -- Don't go out I don't -- -- the door IE you know feed my kids really good food I eat really help the other very -- life so.
You know fitness wise it's just my body kind of found -- replace.
Honestly I mean you look.
And not to think that you looked at it don't let him when he better than you did and you -- competing of course they'll well done well I you know I think.
I've I've lost about twenty pounds since I was competing in 96.
-- actually much closer to my fighting weight when I was swimming in high school in the eighties when Obama first gold medals and -- fuel race.
You know it's like I even on Lexington tired like it up so I'll start early life.
My putting feels great and I feel like there's things -- do and actually feel a lot more energized in my day at that -- that.
Being tired is nothing -- to Janet it's somehow feels familiar and even comfortable.
-- is looking to her longtime coach Mark -- -- on -- with her every step of the way in helping to make Janet come back a reality.
Is there anything about this comeback.
For Janet that you want people to understand a little bit better that you want them to walk away with aside from.
It's just it's amazing athlete at forty years old making a comeback well.
She never could do this if she hadn't stayed very physically fit.
And you know I I think you can get fed that I think you -- -- you know you can do amazing things.
What would make this come back a success.
You know I think if she makes the finals of the trials that obvious success once you make the files anything that the.
Look a little bit about mark -- -- like that dynamic dual United States and that you guys have been together.
You've been with you through almost everything in your career.
So -- it just a natural that he called it not would be like.
And -- that you wanna come back well I was pretty could actually mark what down here on the needs.
A couple days after I -- dislike.
How is your revelation that I -- as we get so at least next week I've been wanting -- to zone again price fight on every show.
But I thought we looked like it reminded me of what -- -- like computers will be your teenager that's why you haven't seen that it had to be -- to visit and I think that was.
Really telling that it because -- like this -- Mark -- on the other thing is we get wasn't gonna make me.
Once again you -- you about your comeback in and that's kind of been a focus of of everything that's going on but in a way it's the comeback from mark as well.
To come back to.
Coaching and you think this is also a little bit of retribution for him.
I think mark this when he was -- this coaching.
And now exclusive club scene which is where he started his -- home.
He has been here.
So I'd sit -- make that better but -- -- that I enjoy training with high schoolers because they're so motivated what is been the easiest part and again what's been.
Something that the price you that was a little more difficult than you thought I think the hard.
-- you didn't.
Getting -- the club caught out.
Is brutal it's cool to get warned about twenty years like why -- up.
There's it was it will turn out early voting like older you get the figures -- or something in the water so -- all the talk I'm always cold that they hate.
-- his beat most dominant distance swimmer the United States has ever produced -- track record speaks for itself.
But at the age of forty and having been retired for sixteen years a comeback is -- -- -- decline.
Some say if she's not successful it might harness the legacy that -- and it has worked so hard to build up.
He -- legacy as being the fact that this summer that America has ever produced and I would but the part they that the world has ever produced we'll.
For -- time -- you had your baby you got Mary.
What do you have to say to those people that are paying your artists pavlik.
I -- even if it's L what I hear a lot of negative and I really happens I mean there's -- you ahead.
You know I spent my whole life with people telling us a little or older having your skin irritant experience so.
I think it does.
I everything that -- everything.
-- like I don't think you put it like that was in the Bible that all the way -- it out so I just feel like.
I've ever -- -- and it's still very satisfied and happy for them.
What one thing -- -- -- -- that you want people to know about the comeback that they may not they'll.
-- what you're doing now about your -- your aspirations.
He as a mom.
I think I want -- they do it.
And I think that's kind of the story of this for me it's like well no but.
-- -- I got like I think.
That's kind of my message is -- drives them normally try.