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Melissa Stockwell in action

Melissa Stockwell



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Brian, son Dallas [2014], daughter Millie [2017]
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Business Owner, Motivational Speaker, Veteran
Higher education
Communications - University of Colorado: Boulder, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para triathlon in 2009 at age 29.
Why this sport?
"I was invited to do a triathlon. And I thought, triathletes are crazy - swim, bike and run was, you know, all in one day seemed a little daunting. But I love challenges, so I went and gave it a shot."
Name of coach
Derick Williamson [national], USA

General interest

Spending time with family, reading, travelling, watching movies. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Most influential person in career
US Para triathlete Patricia Collins. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Gummy worms the night before a race. It's an excuse to eat gummy worms and has worked well most of the time." (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To be your own rockstar. It doesn't matter what other people think, be proud of what you do." (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
She received the 2014 Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy. (, 29 Aug 2014)

She was named Female Para Triathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon in 2010 and 2011. (, 29 Aug 2014)

She was United States of America's flag bearer during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2010)
Other sports
She competed in swimming at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and she handcycled the 2005 New York Marathon in United States of America. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015;, 08 Apr 2014)
Her left leg was amputated above the knee after she was injured by a roadside bomb while serving with the US Army in Iraq in 2004. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2015;, 02 Aug 2010)
Other information
She started her own prosthetics business in 2019. (, 27 Mar 2020)

She co-founded the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club in Chicago, IL, United States of America, and has also served as a board member for the Wounded Warrior Project, the Mideast Region Triathlon Council, and the USA Triathlon Women's Committee. (, Sep 2016)

In 2002 she graduated from university and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. In March 2004 she was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. In April that year she was on a routine convoy when her vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, which ultimately resulted in the loss of her left leg above the knee. She was medically retired from the army in 2005. (, 08 Apr 2014;, 06 May 2014;, 2014)