Today Show talks with injured Olympian Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken speaks to Today Show's Matt Lauer. (Photo/NBC Today Show)
Amy Van Dyken speaks to Today Show's Matt Lauer. (Photo/NBC Today Show)

NEW YORK, NY (WDTN) – Six time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken says every day is a blessing.

She spoke with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer Friday morning for the first time since she severed her spinal cord in an ATV accident this month.

“The poor me, get over it, and this is what I’m dealing with and get stronger so that you can go home and sit on the sofa and cuddle with your husband and your dog again. I don’t have that in my makeup to sit there and dwell on it. I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole. I want to be happy. I’m a happy person,” said Van Dyken.

Van Dyken is recovering from surgery that just a few weeks ago she didn’t think she’d live through.

She and her husband even said their last goodbyes before she was taken into the operating room. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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