1988 Seoul Games, 1992 Barcelona Games, 1996 Atlanta Games
Medal count: Four golds, one silver
Despite her 5-foot, 6-inch frame, which is small for a swimmer, Evans dominated, winning three individual golds in 1988 in the 400-meter medley, 800-meter freestyle, and 400-meter free. She set a world record in the latter event that would remain unbroken for 18 years, and repeated in the 800-meter in 1992. Evans participated in the '96 games, winning no medals, but was chosen to hand off the Olympic torch to Muhammad Ali, who then lit the Atlanta stadium's cauldron.