Swimmer Janet Evans returns to Olympic Trials

At age 40, American swimmer Janet Evans returns to the Olympic Trials for the first time since 1996, when she retired from the sport with four Olympic gold medals. --By Carla Thorpe

Janet Evans waves to the crowd after swimming in the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 2

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: Janet Evans looks on prior to swimming in preliminary heat 6 of the Women's 400 m Freestyle during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Janet Evans

Janet Evans swims in the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Janet Evans

Janet Evans swims in the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 2

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: Janet Evans reacts after she competed in preliminary heat 6 of the Women's 400 m Freestyle during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Janet Evans smiles after swimming in the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Janet Evans Seoul Olympics

Janet Evans of the United States gives the thumbs up after claiming victory in the women’s 400 metres individual medley at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

EVANS ALI

American swimmer Janet Evans passes the Olympic flame to Muhammad Ali during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta Friday, July 19, 1996. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Janet Evans Seoul Olympics

American Janet Evans, of Placentia, Calif., waves to the crowd after her gold medal victory in the Olympic women's 400-meter freestyle in Seoul, Korea, Sept. 22, 1988. Evan's time of 4:03:85 seconds broke her old world record of 4:05:45 seconds she set the previous year. (AP Photo/Ronald Kennedy)

US Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Janet Evans addresses the audience during a ceremony December 8, 2005 to induct the 2006 class into the US Olympic Hall of Fame held at the Harris Theatre in Chicago, Ilinois. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 2

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: Janet Evans stretches prior to swimming in preliminary heat 6 of the Women's 400 m Freestyle during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A Conversation With Janet Evans

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Janet Evans hosts a discusssion at Exhale Mind Body Spa on February 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Janet Evans 1988 Seoul Olympics

Janet Evans celebrates after a race at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Evans Wins a Gold

A smiling Janet Evans of Placentia, Calif., waves to the crowd, Thursday, July 30, 1992, in Barcelona, after the U.S. Olympic Swimmer won the gold in the 800 meter freestyle swimming competition. (AP Photo/Dennis Paquin)

Janet Evans, Sydney Evans

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans tries to speak to reporters as her 8-month-old daughter Sydney waves notes around before they take to the pool to promote the LA84 Foundation's 22nd annual Learn-To-Swim program at the John C. Argue Swim Stadium in Exposition Park in Los Angeles on the first day of summer Thursday, June 21, 2007. An offshoot of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the foundation seeks to make swimming lessons available to as many inner city children as possible, particularly ethnic minorities. Studies have shown that African-American and Latino males are more likely to drown than white children in similar age groups. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 2

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: Janet Evans competes in preliminary heat 6 of the Women's 400 m Freestyle during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

JANET EVANS

Janet Evans of the United States leaves the pool area after finishing 3rd in her women's 800 meters freestyle heat at the1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta Wednesday July 24, 1996. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Janet Evans

Former Olympic swimmer Janet Evans trains in Huntington Beach, Calif., Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet Of Champions

MISSION VIEJO, CA - APRIL 19: Janet Evans warming up for the 800 meter freestyle during the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet Of Champions on April 19, 2012 at the Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Janet Evans

Janet Evans displays the medals she received for winning four events, two of those in world record time, during the U.S. Swimming Long Course Championships that ended at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., Aug. 1, 1987. Evans, then 15, won the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events. (AP Photo/Scott Anger)

Janet Evans Seoul Olympics

U.S. swimmer Janet Evans strokes her way to a win in a preliminary women's 400-meter freestyle race in Seoul September 22, 1988. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet Of Champions

MISSION VIEJO, CA - APRIL 19: Janet Evans warming up for the 800 meter freestyle during the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet Of Champions on April 19, 2012 at the Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Janet Evans

U.S. Olympic swimmer Janet Evans is seen taking a break during her morning training Saturday in Seoul September 10, 1988 as she and the other U.S. Olympic swimmers prepare to compete in the Seoul Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

Janet Evans

U.S. Swimmer Janet Evans of Placentia, Calif., takes a break poolside, July 24, 1992, in Barcelona before the 1992 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Russell Mcphedran)

Janet Evans

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows Janet Evans at a London 2012 Olympic preview party in New York. This is the Year of the Comeback in swimming. Evans and Ian Thorpe are attempting to make the London Olympics after long layoffs, but they're hardly alone. (AP Photo/Victoria Wills)

Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: US Olympic swimmer Janet Evans waves after throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to start of the basbeall game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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