Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a six-time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer even as an asthmatic. She was the only American swimmer inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2007. She was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame  in 2008. And in 2014  she suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in an ATV accident and was told she’d never walk again.  Two months after this unexpected tragedy left Van Dyken-Rouen paralyzed from the waist down, she took her first post-accident steps with the help of an exoskeleton… 

As an Olympian, Van Dyken-Rouen attacked her training as a swimmer with both mental and physical strength. Now, after her paralyzing accident, she attacks her rehab with the same intensity and courage. Van Dyken-Rouen has always been an inspiration, first as a collegiate swimmer, then as an Olympian and now as a women fighting to walk again. Every day she’s living proof that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way

Van Dyken-Rouen is now retired from swimming and lives with her husband, former NFL punter Tom Rouen, in Arizona. Since her retirement, Van Dyken-Rouen continues to inspire and motivate those around her. This Van Dyken-Rouen sneak peak is sure to make you wish it was July 2015, we know we can’t wait!