Olympic champion to start rehab after severing spine in ATV accident

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, the Olympic swimming champion who severed her spine in an accident last week, will be transported to a Colorado hospital for rehabilitation.

Van Dyken-Rouen was hurt in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Arizona on Friday. She was reportedly riding through the parking lot of a golf club and was launched through the air when she hit a curb.

It was not yet known if she will be paralyzed.

“Was in MRI until 4:00am today (started at 11:30pm) did whole spine and brain, and so far, so good,” she tweeted on Thursday morning. “Yes, I have a brain!”


The six-time gold medalist, who is married to former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, stated that she will soon move to Craig Hospital in Denver.

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