June 9, 2014
"The Colorado State Athletics family is heartbroken to learn that Amy Van Dyken Rouen was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident on Friday. She is a friend to all of us, a proud Ram and an inspiration to so many for her champion’s heart and determination.
It is comforting to learn that Amy is in good spirits following surgery, and has had a positive and optimistic attitude.
We offer our prayers and support to Amy and her family as she begins her recovery. All who know her are certain that she will face this battle with great intensity and a relentless spirit."
Van Dyken, a Colorado native, spent her final two collegiate seasons at Colorado State, winning the NCAA championship in the 50 Freestyle in 1994 with an American record. That year, she was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year.
She then went on to a legendary Olympic career, which included six gold medals. She was the first American woman to win four gold medals in one Olympic Games (1996). She has since been inducted into several hall of fames, including the CSU Athletics (1996), Colorado Sports (2001) and Olympic (2008). She still holds four CSU swimming records.
John Mattos, a fixture in the CSU athletics department for 31 years, including Van Dyken's college coach and close friend, expressed his gratitude, as well as his confidence in Van Dyken's recovery.
"Amy is someone incredibly special to me, so it was very difficult to hear the news of her accident. If anyone can overcome this, though, it’s Amy. I’ve never met a stronger individual. There’s obviously a reason for this, and she’ll find ways to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive. I’m confident Amy will continue to be her wonderful self, and will continue to impact those around her in a positive way, however that may be."
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