Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stands and walks for first time since accident

Aug. 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM ET

Not even paralysis can keep Amy Van Dyken-Rouen down.

Less than three months after suffering a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed below the waist, the six-time Olympic swimming champion was able to stand and walk on Thursday with assistance from a walker and a device attached to her midsection and legs.

Video: Two and a half months after the Olympic gold medalist was nearly killed in a tragic accident, she has begun walking. She’s now in outpatient therapy.

"Here it is...I'm WALKING!!!" she wrote as a caption in one of the two videos she shared on Instagram Thursday afternoon marking the milestone.

Van Dyken was released from Craig Hospital in Denver on Aug. 14, where she had been since June when she severed her spine in an ATV accident. With this Olympian's optimistic spirit, we don't doubt that there will be more victories to come. 

"It’s a set back; that’s all it is,” she told Lauer three weeks after the accident. “And then we’re gonna rock and roll.” 


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