Van Dyken Voted AP Female Athlete of the Year -- January 1, 1997
The Associated Press named Amy Van Dyken the AP Female Athlete of the Year. Her four gold medals won at the 1996 Olympic Games cinched the award.
Van Dyken garnered 191 points and 45 of the 165 first-place votes. Second was another Olympic gold medalist, gymnast Kerri Strug, with 34 first-place votes and 159 points, followed by tennis star Steffi Graf, with 27 first-place votes and 142 points.