June 10: Amy Van Dyken Rouen, six-time Olympic gold medalist, severed her spine in an ATV accident

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This is so awful to hear.

Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is recovering following surgery to stabilize her spine after it was severed during an all-terrain vehicle accident in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday, according to Jeff Metcalfe of azcentral.com.

I actually had the chance to meet Amy Van Dyken while I was interning at the OTC in Chula Vista. She was working as a news correspondent ahead of London 2012, and she was there to interview a few of the up-and-coming summer athletes. Folks who dreamed of leading the kind of career she’d led. She was gracious and sly all at once, and I can only hope that her humor is staying with her through this difficult time.

Thoughts and prayers go up for her rehab and recovery.

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