Injured olympian hits the water: Amy Van Dyken Rouen goes sailin

Injured olympian hits the water: Amy Van Dyken Rouen goes sailing

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She may be paralyzed from the waist down, but that didn't stop Amy Van Dyken Rouen from going sailing today.

The gold medal swimmer took her therapy to a Colorado reservoir where she proved that recreation and rehabilitation can sometimes be the same thing.

Six-time gold medal Olympic champion Amy Van Dyke Rouen has faced many challenges and beat the odds.

She now faces her biggest challenge after an ATV accident last June left her partially paralyzed.

"These injuries are life changing, especially in the short term with our patients that are here," said Tom Carr.

Therapy at Craig hospital where Van Dyken Rouen is a patient includes occupational, speech, and especially physical.

They call it applied therapy. "We would go out on Lake Dillion all the time and sail so it was really nice to get back to that, but again it's therapy learning how to transfer into and out of the boat," she said.

Van Dyken Rouen was one of 50 in-patients from Craig Hosptial participating in the 35th annual Hobie Day.

It's the largest in-patient outing in the country, bringing families, patients, and staff together to have fun, sail in the waters, and have a taste of what life still has in store, or as Amy put's it best. "To learn this stuff, take it out on life, and be able to rock and roll," said Van Dyken Rouen.

After her day on the water Amy posted a picture to her Instagram account. It showed her that someone had surprised her with a new belly kayak. It appears that she's going to spend a lot more time on the water.
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