"Failure is NOT an option."
Commander Brik _The Middle of Nowhere_
Trust: The Condition necessary for betrayal
"'Aren't you gonna wish me good luck?''
'We wouldnt be sending the right man if you needed it'"
Janet has her work cut out for her. That's for sure. But who
could blame her for trying. After all, she right-- no one can
take away what she's done, and what elite athlete couldn't
resist the opportunity to cap off a historic career by
competing in an Olympic Games on her home soil?
So why is it that a 23/24 year old swimmer is "past her prime?"
Has she really passed some physical limit? Granted she has
obviously put on some weight since her "prime" at age 16/17 in
1988/89.... I think that Brooke Bennet was swimming something
that looked like the Evans windmill at Worlds in 1994, but is now
doing a crab-arm -like, bent arm recovery. Janet's windmill used
to look more smooth and graceful, without as much of a total body
"hitch" during her breath as she seems to be doing now. Maybe
she ought to finally junk the windmill and see what she can do
with a smooth, high-elbow recovery....Maybe it's time for her to
move up to the open water distances....Arm chair quarterbacking
sure is fun.
Truth be it known, many of our nation's top swimmers trained straight
through this summer's big meets. Tom Dolan didn't taper for US Nationals,
neither did Alison Wagner; and it showed. Dolan didn't break any world
records this summer, and I watched Wagner get whipped by Kristen Quance in
the one of the IM's.
Remember that we are talking about a seasoned, experienced, world-record
holding athlete at the top of her profession. At this stage inher career,
I believe she and Mark Schubert are well aware of how and when to swim
fast. Just keep your eyes open and see what unfolds in the next year. I
predict that she will swim extremely well at US Trials and at the Olympic
Games. And I don't think any amount of foolish, youthful, overconfidence
and bravado (Brooke Bennet) can outweigh what Ms. Evans has going for her.
My 2 cents
1. Janet Evans?