Melissa Stockwell calls herself the happiest bronze medalist in Rio. The U.S. Army veteran and two-time Paralympian crossed the paratriathlon finish line on Sept. 11, 2016, to complete a U.S. sweep of the event.
In 2004, when Melissa woke up in a Baghdad emergency room missing her left leg, she didn’t imagine the medal that would come 12 years later. Still, this motivated and determined athlete says she’s one of the lucky ones. Just four years later, she joined the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team in Beijing. Melissa also holds the titles of three-time paratriathlon world champion, co-founder of paratriathlon club Dare2tri, Ironman finisher, motivational speaker and mom.
Hear Melissa talk about her swimming background, her time as a young gymnast, the transformation of becoming a mom and a committed athlete, and how her military service and patriotism shaped her life from Iraq to today.
More about Melissa Stockwell:
- Website: MelissaStockwell.com
- Twitter: @MStockwell01
- Instagram: @MStockwell01
- Facebook: Facebook.com/MStockwell01
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