Janet Evans is a former American swimmer and actress best known as a distance freestyle swimmer holding world record and several medals for world championships. She is considered by many to be the greatest distance freestyler of all time, who won four Olympic gold medals. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she set a new best timing in the 400 m freestyle which stood for eighteen years till France’s Laure Manaudou outdid it in 2006. In Seoul, Janet captured gold in the 400 m medley as well as the 800m freestyle, which she defended successfully, four years later in Barcelona, in the process of becoming the first woman swimmer to win back-to-back Olympic golds in any event.
She participated in the 1996 Olympics, too, where she was seen handling the Olympic torch to the American boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Janet Evans: Personal Information
Janet Evans was born on 28th August 1971 in Fullerton, California. Janet is the youngest of the three children born to her father, Paul, and mother, Barbara. Her father worked as a veterinarian and her mother as a homemaker. She has two older brothers, David and John. Janet’s parents, especially her mother, was always helping and supportive of her. From the young age of three, Janet started taking swimming classes. Janet Evans is happily married to Bill Willson on 10th April 2004. The couple has shared two children together and the family lives in Laguna Beach, California. Her age is 51 years.
Janet Evans: Physical Features
Janet Evans is indeed a very beautiful lady. She is very good looking. Janet Beth Evans stands at the height of 5 feet and 5.5 inches (1.67 meters) and weighs 54kg (119lb). She has maintained her body very well and is also very good looking even at the age of 50. Her body measurements are 34-27-34. Her eye colour is black and her hair colour is also black.
Janet Evans: Career
Janet Evans was a natural-born swimmer who was swimming laps in the pool at the age of two. In 1987, aged just 15, Evans broke the world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events. Her achievements were all the more remarkable given her small stature, slight build and unorthodox windmill stroke. At the 1988 Seoul Games, Evans dominated every event she entered, winning the 400m individual medley, the 400m freestyle and the 800m freestyle. Evans entered the 1992 Barcelona Games on a six-year winning streak at 400m.
However, she was caught in the last laps and beaten into second place by just 30 centimetres. Two days later, Evans made amends in the 800m, leading from start to finish and winning by eight metres to defend her title. Between 1986 and 1995, Janet Evans won 25 out of 27 major international races at 400m and 22 out of 23 at 800m. Her world record for the 800m freestyle lasted through four Olympic Games until it was finally broken at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Janet Evans has an estimated net worth of around $17 million. She has made up a very good net worth for herself in her swimming career. Her primary source of income has been her swimming career where she has won a lot of accolades. More updates regarding her net worth etc will be updated soon.
Husband: Bill Wilson
Janet Evans married Bill Wilson on 10th April 2004. The couple has shared two children together. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Sydney, in 2006. Three afters in 2009, they welcomed their son, Jake. Janet and Bill both attended the same university, the University of South California. But only after a decade, they meet in a friend’s boat in Newport Beach during the Christmas boat parade. After that, the love between them bloomed and began their dating life. After six months of dating, Bill proposed to Janet on her birthday. Eight months later, the couple tied the knot.