Amy D. Van Dyken-Rouen
Amy D. Van Dyken-Rouen (born February 15, 1973) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. She has won six Olympic gold medals in her career, four of which she won at the 1996 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish such a feat and the most successful athlete at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She won gold in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay.
On June 6, 2014, Amy was in an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. The Amy Van Dyken Foundation was formed to help improve the lives of others with spinal cord injuries.
“She [Amy] is…receiving concentrated platelet injections at Catalyst Pain Solutions through an affiliated company Regenexx.
‘They take your own blood and spin it and put all the yummy stuff in the injured area,’ she said. ‘They’ve had a lot of success with knees and shoulders. They don’t know what’s going to happen with someone like me, but I’ve had amazing pain relief from it. Will it make me walk again? We hope so, but we don’t know.’”
Metcalfe, Jeff. “Van Dyken says tragedy taught her to see ‘all the good’.” USA TODAY Sports, Web. 30 Dec. 2014.