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Paralyzed Olympian Van Dyken headed home from hospital

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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was injured in a ATV accident. (Source: KMGH/CNN) Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was injured in a ATV accident. (Source: KMGH/CNN)

(CNN) - Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a six-time Olympic Gold-medal-winning swimmer, is headed home after about two months in a Denver hospital where she underwent rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury.

Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed in an ATV crash on June 6 in Scottsdale, AZ.

She and her husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, were riding ATV's when Van Dyken-Rouen hit a curb and went down an embankment.

During therapy at Craig Hospital, Van Dyken-Rouen learned how to take care of herself, how to transfer in and out of her wheelchair and even went sailing.

She has been tweeting her excitement about leaving the hospital.

Van Dyken-Rouen spoke with the media Thursday morning before being released.

"I just want to say thank you to all of you who've been here through all of this and getting the word out about spinal cord injuries it's kind of one of things where you go to the doctor with a headache they know how to cure it they go to the doctor with anything else they know how to cure it you have a spinal cord injury and they have no idea. So thank you for bringing awareness that we need more research," she said.

Van Dyken-Rouen also said she was struggling.

"This is not easy and I don't want to portray the fact even though there's a smile on my face that this really is easy, because it's really not," she said.

Van Dyken-Rouen competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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