Janet Evans, Greg Louganis To Appear On Wheaties Box

Wheaties has recently announced that four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Janet Evans, along with diver Greg Louganis and track and field athlete Edwin Moses, will be featured on their own Wheaties boxes coming out in May.

None of the three athletes have been featured on a Wheaties box before, as Wheaties looks to honor their gold medal performances from the past.

After a documentary was made about Louganis eight months ago a petition arose that he should be featured on a Wheaties box as he had never been before and now Wheaties has granted that wish. The petition garnered 41,000 signatures that petition creator Julie Sondgerath presented to General Mills.

Louganis has won four Olympic gold medals and one silver, to go along with five World Championship titles. He famously hit his head in the preliminary rounds of the springboard competition at the 1988 Olympics, going on to win gold in the event. After those Games Louganis revealed that he was HIV positive, adding to his legacy.

Evans won the 800m freestyle title at back to back Games in 1988 and 1992. She also won gold in both the 400 free and 400 IM in ’88, and took silver in the 400 free in ’92. Evans is widely known as one of the best female distance swimmers in history, as her 800 freestyle world record of 8:16.22 set in 1989 stood for 19 years before it was broken in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain.

Also featured on one of the boxes will be Edwin Moses, who won two Olympic gold medals in the 400m hurdles in 1976 and 1984. He also won silver in the event in 1988. Moses was famous for winning 122 consecutive races and setting the world record four times in a span of ten years from 1977-1987.

 

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Lane Four
5 years ago

This was waaaaay overdue for Greg. Congratulations, my man!

G3
5 years ago

Is that a more recent picture of Evans? Interesting that they would not use one from when she used to be good.

Coaches
5 years ago

Great to see these inspiring faces again. Glad to see these athletes honored.

MO
5 years ago

G3, that’s seems such on odd thing to say. That does look like a current picture whereas the other two are not. This is 25+ years later and she looks to be in phenomenal shape (no offence to the other two Olympians, who may or may not look good for their current age). Given the fact the women’s 100 free world record dropped almost 2.7 seconds from that time period, all things being equal, would put her 8:16 800 free well below the current world record. When training for the last Olympic trials she also posted some amazing times at age 40+, so having a current picture is more than appropriate.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Edmin Moses , one of the best of his generation too . Loved watching him run the 400

joe
5 years ago

I call BS on the Janet Evans stat of 1,275,750 miles swam in 35 years. That equals 99.79 miles a day 7 days a week with no days off including leap years. That would be hard to do on a jet ski much less swimming.

Dave
Reply to  joe
5 years ago

Agreed, Looks like some one added a zero. I’m guessing 127,750 is probably closer to the mark.

Frank Marshall
Reply to  Dave
5 years ago

I calculate that she would have to swim 99 miles a day; 365 days a year for 35 years to achieve the miles listed on the Wheaties box.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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