Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has made her life about breaking records, and never giving up. She was diagnosed with severe asthma at 18 months old. Less than five years later, Amy hit the pool after her doctor shared that swimming could help her breathing. She swam at her own pace. After six years of building endurance, Amy could make it from one end of the pool to another – she kept pushing harder and getting stronger.
At 23 years old, Amy became the first woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympics. In the 1996 Summer Olympics, she took gold in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and 4x100-meter medley relay. She was inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame, won ESPN’s (ESPY) Female Athlete of the Year Award, and claimed Swimming World magazine’s female of the year award. Even after a shoulder injury, Amy continued moving forward. She won two additional gold medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics and is one of only a handful of Olympians whose medals are all gold.
Six-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Earning 4 Gold Medals in an Olympics
ESPY Female Athlete of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Hall of Fame Inductee
Hall of Fame Inductee
On June 6th, 2014, Amy was in a severe ATV accident, going over a curb down a seven-foot embankment. The injury severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebra. Amy was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare. After hours of surgery and initial recovery, Amy was ready to push forward again, this time in her rehabilitation. That’s when she and her husband, Tom Rouen, met Angel MedFlight. Our team worked with Tom to coordinate and transport her to Craig Hospital in Colorado to start her rehabilitation.
Amy never stops pushing forward, every day she continues her athletic training. Now she’s making her life about never giving up and empowering others living with spinal cord injuries in what she calls the differently-abled community. The six-time gold medalist is a motivational speaker, an advocate for Spinal Cord Injury patients, and the Founder of Amy’s Army, a nonprofit helping differently-abled people.
Amy is excited to collaborate with Angel MedFlight on patient advocacy after her own air ambulance experience that got her to the rehabilitation she needed. To help more patients reach the life-changing care, Amy is supporting awareness of options available to families going through similar situations. She also wants her message of never giving up to reach more patients in recovery, and, of course, their case managers.
“My accident happened so I can be an example of never giving up and always moving ahead. That’s why I’m teaming with Angel MedFlight to help this message reach more patients and professionals in the healthcare community.
Angel MedFlight understands that patient advocacy never ends. They didn’t care that I was a six- time Olympic gold medalist or that my husband had won two Super Bowl rings. Whoever you are, they are going to do whatever is right for you.”
- Amy Van Dyken
Amy Knows that Every Moment Counts
When it comes to critical care patients, a moment can change everything.
No one understands that more than Angel MedFlight. That’s because every day our team works with case managers and families everywhere to help patients reach the life-changing treatment they need.