Six time gold medalist and professional swimmer Amy Van Dyken spoke at the Women's Intersport Network luncheon at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City last Thursday.
The former world record-holder became the first woman on the planet to win four gold medals in a single event during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and won such awards like the ESPN Female Athlete of the Year. Van Dyken got her start in collegiate swimming when she attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Colorado State University where she won the NCAA championships in 1994.
The Colorado-born native also was named as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 Women of the Year, and was featured in several other types of printed media including USA Today, Time, and Newsweek magazines. Van Dyken ended up marrying another athlete, former NFL punter Tom Rouen who played for the Denver Broncos. In the summer of 2014, the accomplished swimmer suffered a serious automobile accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
During her speech at the luncheon last Thursday in Kansas City’s Sheraton Crown Center, she told the audience about how she struggled to overcome her paralysis and had to fight to stay motivated and overcome her handicapped. She had to endure several weeks and months of intense rehabilitation which left her frustrated, but still unwilling to give up. The people who attended the event were astounded by her admirable resilience and ability to endure such a tragedy with such a positive attitude.
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