An Accident Paralyzed This Olympic Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer. But It Didn't Crush Her Spirit.
Since surgery, the 42-year-old has experienced sporadic sensation below her belly button, KUSA reported. She’s now working hard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., in hopes of gaining as much strength back in her legs as possible. But her determination to walk again isn’t the only thing that makes her extraordinary — her positive attitude is downright unmatched.
“It’s a setback. That’s all it is,” Van Dyken-Rouen told Today’s Matt Lauer in the interview below. “Then we’re gonna rock ‘n’ roll.”
“This is a new challenge, and I’m taking it head-on,” Van Dyken-Rouen says matter-of-factly in the clip below. “This is more than just for a gold medal, this is for my life; our life.”