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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Getting Back to Work After ATV Tragedy

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 11:29 AM

Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen gets back to work on Friday for the Pac-12 Networks, full of energy seven months after an ATV accident in Arizona nearly took her life and left her paralyzed.

Dyken-Rouen, 41, told USA Today that getting into the broadcasting booth to call the California-Southern California women's swimming meet will make her feel "like a grown up again."

"It kind of symbolizes the fact that I am doing really well, and it's only seven months out," the six-time Olympic gold medalist told the newspaper. "That's a tribute to the people I work with on a daily basis, my husband, my friends. They've gotten me ready to go and do this."

"I feel really lucky. I feel like I'm a grown-up again. I say when I drive my car, I don't feel paralyzed. When I get in the booth, I won't feel paralyzed. I'll get right back to feeling 'normal,' which is really all I'm aiming for right now," said Dyken-Rouen.

The Pac-12 Networks posted on Twitter that they're happy to have Dyken-Rouen back in the broadcasting booth.


Dyken-Rouen told The Coloradoan in December that the ATV accident back in June changed her more mentally than physically. She said complete strangers came up to help her and lift her spirit, which made her view people and life in a different way.

"Before this accident, I had lost faith in humanity,'' Van Dyken-Rouen said then. "There is a dark side out there, but now I look for all the good. … Without people coming forward and donating things to me, I would have to be one of those going into my back yard and hosing off to shower. … "I've got some amazing people behind me (nicknamed Amy's Army) that have really pushed this forward, and I'm thankful for that."

Dyken-Rouen wrote in an essay for "Today" in December that while she still loves sports, her future has changed as well.

"I used to do sports talk (yep, still would love to do that), and now, I would also like to use my gift of gab to let people know that we can do anything we put our minds to," Dyken-Rouen wrote. "Let them know that every day is a gift, and to make it an amazing day."

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