A year after an ATV accident left her paralyze, Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen posted new videos to Instagram of "huge" milestones she reached in physical therapy, including the ability to kick her husband's hand.
The post included side-by-side videos of her latest accomplishments. In one, she kicks her husband's hand twice. The other video shows her standing up, from an angled chair, and quickly letting go of one of her hand supports.
Van Dyken-Rouen was left paralyzed from the waist down after her spinal cord was severed in a June 2014 ATV accident. But the incredible resilience and spirit the six-time Olympic gold medalist has demonstrated in her recovery has made her an inspiration to her fans, as well as others with spinal cord injuries.
"I wasn't supposed to be here today, so make it a great day,'' Van Dyken-Rouen told TODAY last month in an interview. "Every day I'm doing something different, something new. I don't want my entire day to be wasted by me whining and crying. So there will be moments, but it has to be a moment, because you don't know what is around the corner.''
Van Dyken-Rouen has used social media to chronicle her recovery, including other inspiring milestones such as when she stood with the help of an exoskeleton and pedaled a bike with her own strength.