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Amy Van Dyken Is Sitting Up, Smiling One Week After Severing Her Spine

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Even the roughest of waters can’t keep this swimmer down.

One week after severing her spine when she hit a curb while riding an ATV, Amy Van Dyken is showing off her smile – and good spirits.

The Olympic swimmer made her first move out of her hospital bed on Saturday, posting a photo of her accomplishment to her Instagram. And, before long, Van Dyken was doing laps.

“My first transfer to a wheelchair is complete,” she captioned the photo of herself, sporting a big smile while strapped to the chair. “I was boot scooting all over the halls.”

Since the accident, the gold medalist’s Instagram feed has been filled with photos of family, friends and even her faithful lab, Kuma, visiting the hospital.

“Love me some stuffed animals and balloons. Starting to look like the movie ‘Up’ in here,” she wrote Wednesday, along with a photo of her holding her gifts.

One extra-special visitor stopped by Friday to see how Van Dyken was doing: the man who saved her life. “I did Crossfit with this man the day of my accident,” she wrote alongside the snapshot of the two smiling. “Later that night HE saved my life as my first responder. #MyAngel.”