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Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident

Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident

Gold medalist Amy Van Dyken holds her gold medal after winning the women's 50 meter freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Friday, July 26, 1996. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident
JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken has a severed spine after an accident on her all-terrain vehicle in Arizona.

A hospital spokeswoman didn’t provide details Monday on the injuries. The swimmer was hurt Friday night and told emergency workers at the scene she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

The 46-year-old swimmer goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen. A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord and that her broken vertebrae came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.
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