ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is getting back in the pool today as part of her recovery after an ATV crash.
Monday, she stood for the first time since her ATV crash using a special device at Craig Hospital where she is undergoing rehabilitation.
"OMG... I'm standing. I have a lot of help, but I'm still up!," Van Dyken-Rouen tweeted.
She tweeted 7NEWS that while she couldn't feel it, she liked being tall again,"It was odd because I couldnt feel it, but it was nice being tall again... Even if only for a few min."
Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed in that ATV crash on June 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, were riding ATV's when Amy hit a curb and went down an embankment. She was flown from Scottsdale to Craig Hospital last Wednesday.
Van Dyken-Rouen says her work at Craig isn't easy.
"It's so hard to do all of this, but every day I get better and stronger," Van Dyken-Rouen wrote on Twitter. "So glad I was in great shape before!"
In addition to standing, on Monday Van Dyken-Rouen said she rode a bike, learned how to transfer from her wheelchair to a car, started learning how to dress herself and how to pick stuff off the floor.
"So glad I'm here at @CraigHospital," Van Dyken-Rouen wrote. "Getting stronger every second."