Amy Van Dyken-Rouen walking with help of exoskeleton in new Instagram video

DENVER - With a smile on her face, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is continuing to amaze and inspire after her spinal cord injury.

She lost the use of her legs after the June ATV accident in Arizona, but a new Instagram video shows her walking for the first time with the help of an exoskeleton and a walker.

Another video shows her standing with the help of the exoskeleton.

Van Dyken-Rouen did her rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Colorado. Thursday's milestones seem to be the first steps in fulfilling the prediction she made on the day she was discharged:

She said, "I feel like I'm going to do everything. I'm going to ride bikes, I'm going to mountain climb, and I'm going to rock climb. I want to do everything."

Van Dyken-Rouen starred at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where she became the first U.S. female athlete to win four gold medals in a single games. She captured the 50-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly and also competed on the winning relay teams in the 400 free and 400 medley.

Four years later at Sydney, she added two more golds in the 400 free and 400 medley relays before retiring from competition.

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