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Amy Van Dyken's Places 2nd in WheelWOD Open

Jul 24, 2019 Amy Van Dyken's Places 2nd in WheelWOD Open

K-Sports member and Olympic swimming legend, Amy Van Dyken has been breaking records since the mid-1990s. During her tenure as a competitive swimmer, Amy accrued several athletic accolades, culminating in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

There, Amy became the first American female athlete in to win four gold medals in a single Olympic games. Her achievements spanned the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay.  She went on to win two more medals in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, bringing the total to a staggering six medals.

Following her participation in the Olympics, Amy had received some grim news from her doctors in 2014 after an ATV accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.

However, despite this tragedy, Amy’s competitive drive has only continued to grow. Now, she’s hailed as one of the best wheelchair CrossFit athletes in the world.

In fact, the 46-year-old recently entered the 2019 WheelWOD Open in Canada and as expected, she finished in the top four in every event, coming in 2nd place overall!

This accomplishment even garnered the attention of our very first K-Sports athlete— Nick Lowery. He says, “It’s hard to describe how gratifying it is to have witnessed Amy Van Dyken’s journey through the past year. She has made extraordinary strides in training herself and cemented her place as a world-class role model athlete through persistence and hard work. Kannaway Sports salutes Amy's courage and dedication.”

We congratulate Amy on this monumental achievement and are looking forward to seeing where her athletic pursuits will take her next.

You can find more athletes like Amy Van Dyken on the Kannaway Sports page.

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