The Olympic gold medalist posted a major recovery milestone to Instagram on Monday

By Tiare Dunlap
May 11, 2015 09:20 PM
Courtesy Amy Van Dyken

Just 11 months after severing her spine in an ATV crash, Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken is able to stand up on her own.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist posted a video of her newest accomplishment to her Instagram on Monday. “I’m starting to get this standing thing down!” she captioned the video that ends with a triumphant cheer.

In April, the 42-year-old athlete became the captain of Team Reeve, the fundraising arm of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of six million Americans living with paralysis, while also searching for a cure.

“I want to spread the message that your life doesn’t have to end because you have a spinal cord injury,” she told PEOPLE. “You can still do things. If you want to participate in tennis or rock climbing, or whatever it is, you can still do that!”

Throughout her recovery, Van Dyken has posted updates to social media to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and serve as an inspiration to others.