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.
“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.