Janet Evans, one of the greatest distant swimmers in history, recently gave a TEDx Talk about how she discovered the true meaning of winning. She believes that winning is more than just outside validation, winning is self-defined.
“The only way we will become the champions we are capable of being is to personally define what winning means.” – Janet Evans
Janet Evans found success as a distant freestyler, winning three gold medals at her first Olympic Games in 1988. Her early success was celebrated, but it set expectations for the future. “The societal pressures of winning and exceeding previous goals was strong, but Janet retired a decorated Olympian with four Gold Medals and one Silver Medal.”
In 2012, 23 years after qualifying for her first Olympic Games, Evans made a comeback, reaching her goal of competing in the 2012 Olympic Team trials. Janet still swims every day for fun and enjoys life in California with her husband and two children.