Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — 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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