Denver native Amy Van Dyken’s life after an ATV crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down in 2014 will be documented in an HBO special that airs Tuesday night.
Van Dyken is a former Cherry Creek High School and Colorado State swimmer who won six career Olympic gold medals before her retirement from the sport in 2010. About four years later, Van Dyken hit a curb while riding an ATV near her Arizona home, tumbled down an embankment and almost completely severed her spinal cord. But with the help of Greg Roskopf, an Englewood-based muscle function specialist, Van Dyken has worked to regain strength in ways that doctor’s initially believed was not possible.
The HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is calling the segment “Uncharted Waters” and it will air at 8:30 p.m. It features Van Dyken’s return to the pool where she discusses her changed relationship with swimming since the crash.
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