Inside with Brett Hawke: Amy Van Dyken

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Amy Van Dyken has 6 gold medals from the Olympics (1996 and 2000). A sprint star, Amy helped 4 American Relays claim Olympic victory and in 1996, she individually won the 50 Free and 100 Fly.

Amy runs the Amy Van Dyken Foundation, also known as, Amy’s Army: a network of dedicated individuals that aim to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. In June 2014, Amy was severely injured in an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

The two sprinters talk about…
Corona virus lock down.
Being a severe asthmatic.
Growing up in Colorado.
Going to Colorado State.
John Mattos.
Spitting water.
Beating Jenny Thompson as a Freshman at NCAA’s.
Training under Jonty Skinner at the Olympic Training Center in 1996.
“I remember doing 10×400’s with :30 seconds rest best average. I mean, to swim two laps of the pool, like, on a good day!”
How’d you go 21.7 short course and 24.7 long course?
Seeing Simone Manual swim in person.
Angel Martino.
The difference between swimming the 50 and the 100.

And much, much more!