Ex-Olympic Swimmer, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Severs Spine in ATV Accident

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Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, was severely injured in an ATV accident this past weekend, according to an ESPN report published this afternoon.

Reports say she severed her spine, requiring emergency stabilization surgery. She was unable to feel anything touching her legs and could not move her toes.

A report by the Show Low Police Department said the ATV that Rouen was driving hit a curb in a restaurant parking lot and sent her over a drop-off between 5 to 7 feet.

Rouen was found lying on the ground next to the ATV. She was strapped to a backboard and airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.

A witness said he saw Rouen launch over the curb and found her unresponsive when he arrived on the scene, the report said. Rouen was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Her husband, former Denver Broncos punter, Tom Rouen, told police officers that his wife was not drinking any alcohol.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy and her family at this most difficult time. We will keep you posted on her recovery.

[ESPN]

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