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Janet Evans to lead Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid athletes’ commission

Janet Evans

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: Janet Evans waves towards the stands 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)

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Janet Evans, a four-time Olympic swimming champion and Southern California native, will head up the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid athletes’ commission, being named the bid’s vice chair on Thursday.

She attended the last Olympics in Los Angeles, in 1984, at age 12.

“I’m honored to join this team and will do everything I can to help L.A.'s bid,” Evans said in a press release. “I remember sitting in the stands as a young fan at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in 1984, and those athletes truly inspired my athletic pursuits.”

Evans will work closely with Olympians and Paralympians to ensure their voices are heard as Los Angeles bids for the 2024 Olympics against Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome.

Evans “will ensure that we remain in dialogue with the athletes and constantly identify new ways to refine and improve our offering,” Los Angeles 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in a press release.

Evans, of Fullerton, Calif., won five combined medals at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympics, retired after Atlanta 1996 and attempted a comeback before the London 2012 Olympics but did not make the team at the Olympic trials.

Evans, 44, was among many star U.S. Olympians who helped announce the bid Sept. 1.

International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September 2017.

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