Amy Van Dyken didn’t expect to exceed in swimming because even though it was something she liked since childhood. She didn’t even dream of competing in the Olympics or in any swim meet. In truth, she suffered from severe asthma and swimming was one of the best ways of relieving it. Following the doctor’s advice, Van Dyken began swimming. The first Amy Van Dyken appearance in a competitive pool was not until she went to high school, where she was state champion and state record holder in her junior and senior years. In 1991, she became the team captain and led her team to a state title. She was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year in 1994. After college, she joined the United States Olympic Training Center to train full-time for the 1996 Olympics.
When she won four gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Van Dyken became the first American female athlete to accomplish such a feat. She won numerous accolades, including the ESPN’s ESPY Female Athlete of the Year, Swimming World magazine’s female Swimmer of the Year, USOC Sports Woman of the Year, Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year, and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year. She was also inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame and named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She also received the ARETE Courage in Sports award.
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, Van Dyken won two gold medals, bringing her Olympic medal count to six gold medals. In addition to these accomplishments, she also won several World titles and set numerous American and world records. In 2007, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, making her the only American ever to be inducted yet.
**Amy Van Dyken Speaker**
Amy Van Dyken does more than just swimming. She also works in broadcasting and helps out charities and non-profit events. She and her husband, NFL punter Tom Rouen, participated in an event to benefit Colorado Youth Outdoors, a charity that takes families to the great outdoors of Colorado. One of the fund-raising activities of this organization is the Celebrity Shoot Out, which is attended by many popular personalities. Last April 2007, Van Dyken and some of Arizona’s Swim Neptune team completed the 1.5 mile swim from Alcartaz to San Francisco to raise money for drowning prevention. Van Dyken and her dog, Georgia, are the US representatives of Paws with a Cause (PAWS), a non-profit organization that trains and assists hearing and seizure dogs. She is keen with continuing her role as the National Spokesperson for PAWS.
All of these Amy Van Dyken speaker experiences mean that the legendary female swimmer is an excellent instructor and motivator and will surely provide a meaningful experience for your audience at your next corporate function.
**Amy Van Dyken Appearance**
There have been several Amy Van Dyken appearances in newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Swimming World magazine, and Sports Illustrated. She was included in Women’s Sports and Fitness magazine’s 25 Most Influential Females in Sports. She was also featured as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 Women of the Year in 2006. Upon her retirement, Amy Van Dyken began focusing on campaigning for different charities. A woman with such an inspiring life story will prove to be an important addition to your agenda. We at TSE can arrange for an Amy Van Dyken appearance with her agent on your behalf and bring all of this prominent athlete’s considerable experience to your company. Contact us now.
**Amy Van Dyken Endorsement**
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