Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a six-time gold medalist from Colorado, has been hospitalized since June after an ATV crash in Arizona. Van Dyken-Rouen will be released today.
The Denver Channel Team --- ABC 7 News
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Former Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be discharged from Craig Hospital on Thursday morning.
Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed in an ATV crash on June 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, were riding ATV's when Amy hit a curb and went down an embankment. She was flown from Scottsdale to Craig Hospital on June 18.
During therapy at Craig, Van Dyken-Rouen learned how to take care of herself, how to transfer in and out of her wheelchair and even went sailing.
Van Dyken-Rouen has been tweeting her excitement about leaving the hospital. Earlier this week, she said, "I'm being sent out of the nest and flying on my own."
She said she doesn't have any future plans yet. She wanted to wait until she got out of the hospital.
Van Dyken-Rouen starred at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where she became the first U.S. female athlete to win four gold medals in a single games. She captured the 50-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly and also competed on the winning relay teams in the 400 free and 400 medley.