The Written Ward: What a Champion

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - What a champion.

Amy Van Dyken was the keynote speaker at the Breakfast of Champions in Colorado Springs. She is an incredible Olympic champion swimmer – four gold medals in 1996, two more in 2000. I wasn’t at the event, which raises money for a remarkable organization called Peak Vista Community Health Centers. 11 News anchor Katie Pelton was there as the emcee. She told me Amy Van Dyken’s speech was one of the best she’s ever heard. I don’t doubt that for a second.

Even before the ATV accident that paralyzed her, Amy’s story was incredible. The talent and dedication it takes to win an Olympic gold medal is beyond what most of us can understand. She did it six times!
The other thing I know about Amy is that she is humble and kind and friendly. I worked with her for a while a dozen or so years ago at KWGN-TV in Denver, what was then WB-2. She was a sports/feature reporter. Her expertise and experience as a competitor aside, you wouldn’t even know she was a world class and world-famous athlete.

We appreciated her even more for the way she treated all of us in the newsroom. She was just one of us.

We’ll talk again soon.