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Olympic Swimming Champion Amy Van Dyken Severs Spine in ATV Accident

She remains in intensive care at an Arizona hospital


On Friday, six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken Rouen was injured after an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) she was riding in Arizona went over a curb and tumbled down a slope.

olympicringsAccording to her husband, former NFL punter Tom Rouen, the 41-year-old swimmer is still in the intensive care unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, where she was transported by helicopter after the accident. Amy Van Dyken reportedly sustained severe spinal injuries from the accident, including a severed spinal cord at the T11 verbebra, the Indianapolis Star said.

In a statement, USA Swimming noted that “Amy is a champion who has proven throughout her life that she is a fighter who takes on challenges and comes out on top. We know Amy will tackle her rehabilitation with vigor and be back on her feet sooner rather than later.”

Amy Van Dyken has undergone surgery and is said to be “in good spirits.” She won four gold medals at the 1996 Olympics and two more at the 2000 Olympics.

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