Watch Olympic gold-medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken stand up and walk for the first time since her accident

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We hope this is a sign that amazing medical news in contagious. Just a day after Jim Kelly’s doctors announced they found “no evidence” of cancer in the ex-NFL quarterback’s system, Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen got some good news of her own — she stood up for the first time since an ATV accident earlier this summer severed her spine and walked. She posted video of the herself getting up on Instagram.

Her caption: “Standing up for the first time on my own in 2 1/2 months.”

And here she is walking with the aid of a walker and specialized leg and back braces (an Indego exoskelton, TMZ Sports reports, and Van Dyken-Rouen confirms).

Her caption: “Here it is…I’m WALKING!!! #onestepatatime #itcouldhappen”

That’s more the one step! And it did happen! This is exciting news for the swimmer, who was discharged from the hospital just last week. She’s currently getting out-patient therapy in Colorado.

So, when will she swim again? The 41-year-old athlete said she has not set a timeline for herself at a press conference last week, but noted she’s determined to get back in the pool at some point.

Van Dyken-Rouen won four gold medals swimming at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and came back in 2000 to win two more in Sydney.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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