Amy Van Dyken Named Keynote Speaker at U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Awards Dinner to be Held in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL — Six-time Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken has been named the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family to be held on Sept. 25-26 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The two-day event themed “Power of Sport,” will  featurie Amy Van Dyken-Rouen as the keynote speaker, and Tamron Hall, co-host of NBC’s TODAY show and MSNBC’s NewsNation as the host. Source:

Photo shows Amy Van Dyken speaking in 2014 about her spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

The dinner will also feature presentations of four annual USOC awards, including the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP, the Olympic Torch Award and the Rings of Gold awards for both an individual and a program. The four award recipients will be announced prior to the assembly next week. More than 400 participants are expected to attend, representing Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American National Governing Bodies.

Amy is currently fighting to regain the use of her legs after suffering a devastating spinal injury that was once considered irreversible. Don Dahler reports that may be changing thanks to a new type of treatment.

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Amy Van Dyken is a retired Olympic swimming gold medalist. She is the first woman to win four gold medals. Since her retirement, Van Dyken has toured on a number of speaking engagements to groups as varied as schools and multi-national corporations, she has been a DJ on a sports radio show in Arizona, served as the side-line reporter for the Seattle Seahawks & Denver Broncos football teams. She became the first woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games in 1996, and added two more medals in 2000 before retiring. Amy was recently involved in an ATV accident that severed her spinal cord in 2014 and is undergoing rehabilitation.

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