Amy Van Dyken Plans To Attend Olympic Trials This Summer

Hannah Hecht
by Hannah Hecht 7

December 30th, 2015 National, News

Nineteen months after a spine-shattering ATV accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, former world record holder Amy Van Dyken says that she will attend the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer in Omaha, according to the Arizona Republic.

Van Dyken, now Van Dyken-Rouhen, has become a spokesperson for spinal cord injury research in the time since the accident, traveling the country and speaking at engagements including the Colorado BioScience Association awards dinner. She also founded the Amy Van Dyken Foundation, which is dedicated to providing medical equipment to people with spinal cord injuries (for more information and to donate, look here).

Van Dyken has recorded her recovery via Instagram, posting videos of her progress in the time since the accident. According to an interview with Jeff Pearlman she is now able to walk with braces, and 50 steps takes her around 30 minutes.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Van Dyken became the first American female athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympic competition when she took the gold in the 50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay. In 2000, she came back to take two more golds in the 400 relays.

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I was watching a meet online last year and Amy was a fabulous commentator !! Really on the ball , knowledgeable and exciting.

Fiffi Blumberg

Amy, I’m an [OLD] swimmer/coach & have been watching your story/progress closely…you can not only ‘DO THIS’, YOU ARE DOING THIS!!!! You possess the mindset, drive & tenacity to continue your success, outreach & recovery!!!!!
Keep on keeping on & KICKING ASS!!!!!
Have fun @ the trials. And about Brazil…


She gonna spit in the pool while she’s there?


Just your lane. Hopefully.

Lance R.


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Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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