DENVER - Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen joined about 50 other patients at her rehabilitation hospital for a day of boating near Denver.
They were riding small sailboats across Cherry Creek Reservoir as part of Craig Hospital's 35th annual Hobie Day on Friday. The outing was intended to show the patients what's possible after suffering catastrophic injuries and to test the skills they've been learning in real-world conditions.
Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed in an ATV crash on June 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, were riding ATVs when Amy hit a curb and went down an embankment. She was flown from Scottsdale to Craig Hospital in June.
Earlier this week, the six-time Olympic gold medalist boasted on Twitter that she had finally graduated from a hospital bed to a regular bed. She also posted a photo of her sporty new wheelchair. It has purple rims and skulls etched into its metal bars.
Van Dyken-Rouen expects to get out of the hospital next week.
"I'm torn. Gonna miss all the people here, but I'm so ready to fly on my own!," Van Dyken-Rouen tweeted.