Former Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen to be Fiesta Bowl parade grand marshal

Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen in August. 

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has been named grand marshal of the 44th annual Fiesta Bowl parade.

The parade is on Dec. 27 in central Phoenix and Van Dyken-Rouen also will serve a special guest at the annual football game on Dec. 31.

The 41-year-old Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident near Show Low, Arizona, in June and is still paralyzed.

She was a six-time Olympic gold medalist.

Van Dyken-Rouen was the first American woman to win four gold medals in one games at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won two more at Sydney four years later before retiring from competition.