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Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen out of ICU

By: Associated Press
June 15, 2014 Updated: June 16, 2014 at 5:12 am
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2000 file photo, Amy Van Dyken, right, of Lone Tree, Colo., hugs Dara Torres of Palo Alto, Calif., after Torres won the finals of the women's 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Indianapolis. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Van Dyken has a severed spine after an accident on her all-terrain vehicle in Arizona. A hospital spokeswoman didn't provide details Monday on the injuries. The swimmer was hurt Friday night, June 6, 2014, and told emergency workers at the scene she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyke-Rouen has been moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room, nine days after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Grimm says the six-time gold medalist was in good condition and moved from the ICU on Sunday morning.

Van Dyken-Rouen was injured June 6 when the ATV she was driving hit a curb and hurtled off a drop-off near Show Low. The accident left her paralyzed, though her family says it's unclear if she will remain that way.

The 41-year-old swimmer plans to do her rehabilitation at a Denver-area hospital.

She won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and two more in Sydney before retiring.

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