Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident
In this March 1, 2001 file photo, Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken, right, and Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen pose before going into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame dinner in Denver. Van Dyken has a severed spine after an accident on her all-terrain vehicle in Arizona. A hospital spokeswoman didn’t provide details Monday on the injuries. The swimmer was hurt Friday night, June 6, 2014, and told emergency workers at the scene she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. Associated Press file photo
Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 5:21 pm
Updated: 11:44 pm, Mon Jun 9, 2014.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.
The 46-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine.
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Monday, June 9, 2014 5:21 pm.
Updated: 11:44 pm.