At the age of 40 Janet Evans has once again announced that she is retiring from the grueling world of competitive swimming. Although the one-time distance diva abandoned swimming competitions once before in order to focus on being a mom it appears that this retirement may be more permanent.
Swimming is a demanding sport and younger competitors have a tremendous edge. This year the 2012 Olympic Trials were proof that Evans no longer was a viable contender for a spot on the US Swim Team. In years past Janet Evans was a formidable foe in the 400m and 800m events but this year she was out of the competition almost from the sound of the starter’s gun.
Evans attempted to win a coveted spot on the US Olympic team Tuesday in the 400m freestyle event. She struggled to finish in the 83rd position out of a field of 113. Saturday would be no better as she ended up beating only 11 of the 65 swimmers that competed in the women’s 800m freestyle event.