And of late, she's used her Instagram account to call out both the TSA at Denver International Airport, where she says an agent groped her during a search, and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, at which an employee allegedly referred to her flippantly as a "cripple."
Here's Van Dyken's May Instagram explanation of what happened at DIA:
In a subsequent interview with Inside Edition, Van Dyken stressed that the groping, amid a full-body search, took place even though she had arranged a pre-check clearance.
No surprise that the TSA soon offered Van Dyken a public apology, which she also shared on Instagram.
More recently, Van Dyken castigated Gaylord, an enterprise well known in Colorado; the company announced plans to build a giant operation in Aurora, not far from DIA, before pulling out in 2012.
The Instagram post about what happened includes both an account of the incident itself — in which Van Dyken says one hotel employee said to another, "What's going on here? Escorting the cripples now?" — and the first apology she received, from the hotel's security chief.
Another apology followed, this time from Gaylord's general manager, as Van Dyken documented in a tweet posted on Wednesday evening, June 8.
You can bet the next person who disrespects Van Dyken will have his or her behavior shared publicly, too — and that's a very good thing. She's definitely still got the Olympic spirit.
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Here's the aforementioned Inside Edition interview about the TSA at DIA.