Athlete: Janet Buchan Elway, Wilson (Tacoma), Class of 1979 Sport: Girls swimming High-school rewind: Won six state championships, two each...
Athlete: Janet Buchan Elway, Wilson (Tacoma), Class of 1979
Sport: Girls swimming
High-school rewind: Won six state championships, two each in 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley, plus two relays. Earned All-America honors in three events. Gold medalist in 400-meter IM at 1979 World University Games in Mexico City.
After high school: Led Stanford to its first national women’s swim title in 1980. Set national record in 400-meter IM and was high-point winner in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) meet. Inducted in 2005 into the halls of fame for Tacoma-Pierce County Sports and Pacific Northwest Swimming.
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Personal: Elway, 46, lives in Denver with her son, Jack, 18, and daughter, Juliana, 16. Daughters Jessica, 22, and Jordan, 20, are in college.
Fast forward: It was difficult to share John Elway, the former Denver Broncos quarterback, with the rest of the world and his other love, football. After a marriage of 19 years the two split up, and Janet Elway has started a new journey, devoting more time to herself and her passions.
She is on six different boards in Denver, mostly charitable organizations. She also volunteers at a halfway house and puts on a fundraiser called “Janet’s Camp” in her backyard that helps send kids to YMCA summer camps.
“My interest is to help raise money for these causes that are close to my heart,” Janet Elway said. “I have been able to identify with my love of helping others who are less fortunate.”
She loves her life and who she is today. She considers herself blessed and offers no regrets.
“I wouldn’t be experiencing some things now if I was married to John,” she said. “It was a great wonderful time of my life, but now I am just going forward with a real positive attitude.”