EVANS Janet (1971) United States / Swimming
Research has shown the that slimness and buoyancy of this mere scrap of a woman measuring 1.66 m and weighing 42 kg were such that nothing could stop her from making a clean sweep in the swimming pool at the Seoul games in 1988. Yet, next to the East German swimmers, she looked like a little girl.She won gold in the 400 and 800 m free style as well as in the 400 m medley. Present four years later in Barcelona to defend her titles, aged 21, she only retained one (800 m freestyle) and came second in the 400 m freestyle. On the advise of her coach, she continued competing until the Atlanta Games. That proved bad advice, for she then barely reached the final of the 800 metres, where she finished a poor sixth. Janet Evans has lost her top speed. All that remains is the legend.