SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS4) Former Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is proving why she is a true champion.

Van Dyken, 41, was seriously injured in an ATV accident on June 6 near her Arizona home.

Before her departure for Craig Hospital in Englewood on Wednesday the former Coloradan talked with reporters from a stretcher in a Scottsdale airport hangar. She showed her positive spirit in a 12 minute conversation before boarding a medical flight.

Be happy every day you wake up. Every day you take a breath is a blessing. I think sometimes we take it for granted, she said. I m alive. I made it.

Van Dyken says she can t remember much about the accident that severed her spine and left her paralyzed. She said she does remember waking up to a doctor saying she had to say her goodbyes to her husband Tom Rouen, the former Denver Broncos punter.

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