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Amy Van Dyken


1973 Born February 15 in Englewood, Colorado
1979 Takes up swimming on doctor's advice, to help with asthma
1990-91 Becomes star of Cherry Creek High School swim team
1991-93 Attends University of Arizona at Tucson; earns All-American honors fourteen times; in 1992 just misses a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team; suffers from mononucleosis in 1993 and says she will give up swimming but comes back
1994 Transfers to Colorado State University, where she sets seven school and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) records as a junior; wins three medals at World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy
1995 Wins three gold medals and one silver medal at Pan American Games; accepts invitation to join U.S. Resident National Team to train for Olympics but has to give up last season at Colorado State; marries Alan McDaniel in October—the couple will later divorce
1996 Qualifies for U.S. Olympic team; wins 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races and finishes second in 100-meter butterfly at Olympic Trials; places fourth in 100-meter freestyle at Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, but goes on to win four Olympic gold medals and becomes an international celebrity
1997 Resumes training, for World Swimming Championships
1998 Wins two gold medals at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; has shoulder surgery in June to repair a tear
2000 In January, has another shoulder surgery to repair rotator cuff, remove scar tissue, and shave bone spurs; surgeons say she will never race again; qualifies for U.S. Olympic team and competes in 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, placing fourth in 50-meter and winning two more gold medals in women's relays
2001 Marries Tom Rouen, punter for the Denver Broncos football team; finishes sixth place in her first triathlon on February 24 in Colorado Springs; finishes second triathlon in July 2001; begins working part-time as sports reporter for a Denver television station
2002 Continues to train as triathlete, setting her sights on 2003 Hawaiian Ironman Championships

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