Four-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday by Denver surgeon Dr. Wayne Gersoff. After consultations between Van Dyken, her coach and physician, a decision was made to skip the competitive summer season in order to treat the injury, rehabilitate and prepare for the 1999 season and 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
“Although I am disappointed to be out of competition this summer, I feel that it’s in my best interest, both physically and professionally, to take the time to properly treat my shoulder and rehabilitate,” Van Dyken said. “The time off now will enable me to come back and compete at my best. I should be ready to go again as early as this September in time for the 1998 World Cup Circuit.”