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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen bids farewell to Denver-area hospital

PHOENIX — Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was released from a Denver-area rehabilitation hospital Thursday after a two-month stay.

Van Dyken-Rouen, who was paralyzed from the waist down after an all-terrain vehicle accident near Show Low, Ariz., on June 6. She underwent surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center before transferring to Craig Hospital, which specializes in spinal-cord injury and brain trauma.

The six-time gold-medal winner has been busy with therapy, which has included swimming and weight training, and a recreational sailing trip, and keeping her social-media accounts updated.

She’s been funny and upbeat and sometimes irreverent.

Van Dyken-Rouen, who grew up in Colorado, planned to stay there for the next few weeks before returning to Arizona.


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