Amy Van Dyken was born February 17, 1973. She is an amazing swimmer, and has overcome some hardships to get there. Amy is an asthmatic, and had shoulder and arm problems before the 2000 Games.
In the 1996 Olympics she won four gold medals in the individual 50m
freestyle, 100m butterfly, the U.S.
4x100 freestyle, and the 4x50 medley.
In 1998 she had shoulder surgery and figured her swimming career was
over. Doctors had to repair
cartilage that held her right shoulder in place.
Also, seven months before this surgery on her arm she had scar tissue
cleaned from a bone spur.
She said,Ē Iím surprised I can even put on a swimsuit, let alone
train and try to make the Olympic team. Itís
been such a crazy road. If I make
this team itís going to mean more than '96.
Hopefully, theyíll see
at the trials swimming really well,
If they donít, at least I made it there.
The only thing I wanted to get out of it is to have a love of the sport.
Iíve gotten a love of swimming back, so even if I lose, I win.Ē
Amy ended up making the team.
2000 Games Amy Van Dyken won two golds, and finished fourth in
50m freestyle. After this she
called it a career. She was done