Thursday was a day for settling down. The phone stopped ringing off the wall at 424 Brower, and El Dorado became a high school again rather than a photo opportunity. Janet went to four classes in the morning and spent her lunch hour talking to friends in peace. On Friday she reaped the first harvest of her newfound fame—she got to deejay a morning rock show on KROQ. the FM station of choice among Southern California teenagers. "It was really fun," she said, her brown eyes lighting up.
Back at El Dorado, the assembly came off without a hitch. Janet was up on stage at the west end of the gymnasium, and the 1,450-member student body lined the bleachers on either side. As videotapes of each of her three races flickered on screens scattered around the gym, the audience cheered as if it were watching them for the first time. After each race, the school band played NBC's Olympic theme, and a spotlight shone on a gold banner bearing her name and the event. It wasn't Seoul, but the little girl with the big smile didn't seem to care. She didn't even mind being the center of attention again. She was Just Janet, but different.