SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Amy Van Dyken-Rouen continues to recover from a horrific all terrain vehicle accident Friday that severed her spinal cord.
Two pictures were posted to Van Dyken-Rouen’s Instagram account Tuesday with the statement: “Doing great today. My room is the most decorated in ICU. Thx for ur thoughts & prayers!”
A message was also posted to Van Dyken-Rouen’s Twitter account.
A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebra. She underwent surgery and is in the intensive care unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.
Later Monday, another photo was posted to Instagram showing Van Dyken-Rouen sitting up for the first time since the accident with the message: “Making progress.. First day I sat up. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers.”
Van Dyken-Rouen, who is married to former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, graduated from Cherry Creek High School and attended Colorado State University. She won the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and was a part of two winning relays. She won two other golds at the 2000 Sydney Games. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame in 2008.
Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, was airlifted to the hospital after being injured in the accident in Show Low, which is about 180 miles from Phoenix in the eastern part of Arizona.
The Arizona Republic reported that according to a report, Show Low Police were dispatched to Torreon Golf Club just before 8 p.m. Friday after receiving a 911 call. Van Dyken-Rouen was conscious but having trouble breathing and without feeling in her legs.
A witness said Van Dyken-Rouen, who was not wearing a helmet, was seen on an ATV going through a parking lot and launched over a curb. The witness said he ran to Van Dyken-Rouen and found her unresponsive.
Tom Rouen was riding a motorcycle and went to her aid after the accident. He says he didn’t see the entire accident unfold, but he thought the ATV possibly rolled over her.
Police said Tom Rouen told them he recently changed the throttle mechanism on the ATV from a thumb accelerator to a twist accelerator. There was no evidence of alcohol being a factor and no charges were filed.
Van Dyken-Rouen is a radio talk show host in the Phoenix market and is a former national sports radio host on Fox Sports Radio.