Olympic Swimmer Amy Van Dyken 'Going to Get Through It'

The Olympic gold medalist is staying positive after severing her spine in an ATV accident.
2:14 | 06/19/14

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olympic swimmer Amy van dyken-rouen speaking out after that accident that severed her spine and showing the same fighting spirit that made her a champion offering inspirational words during a very challenging time. ABC's Ryan Owens has her story. Reporter: Six-time olympic gold medalist Amy van dyken is out of an Arizona hospital and this morning she's at a rehabilitation center in Colorado. The fact that the swimmer can even make that trip is a miracle. When the doctors come in and poke my legs, that's hard, so but I'm going to get through it. It's okay. Reporter: The 41-year-old nearly died two weeks ago when she crashed her atv on this curb tumbling down an embankment in Arizona. The crash severed her spinal cord. Look at the clean break on her x-ray. She doesn't remember the accident but she'll never forget what her surgeon said she needed to tell her husband. He told us to say our good-byes. There was a good chance I wouldn't make it out of surgery. I looked at my husband and basically said I love you, good-bye, you know, please continue on with your life. She was saying, you know, hey, if I don't make it through, I want you to go on. At the same time I was saying, if this gets to be too much and you want to go, you know, do that. Reporter: But olympians don't give up that easily. She may never regain movements of her legs but doctors say her recovery has been remarkable. She has literally walked through hell with a smile on her face, the likes of which I've never seen. Yes, this injury sucks and, yes, things hurt, but I'm alive and I'm so thankful to be alive. Reporter: She's an athlete in great shape with an even better attitude. I'm going to get the best wheelchair ever. I'm going to make it so cool. I'm going to put skulls and cross bones on it because that's my thing, make it purple. I'm going to do my hair to match my chair and I'm going to rock it out. That's my prognosis. Reporter: She hasn't raced since the Sydney olympics in 2000 but says she hopes to swim for her country again. This time in the paralympics. For "Good morning America," Ryan Owens, ABC news, Dallas.

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