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Melissa Stockwell


  • 2008
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.  
Chicago, Ill.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jan. 31, 1980  
Grand Haven, Mich.

Triathlon Career: Member of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Team • Placed first in the TRI-2 category at the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in Budapest, the 2011 ITU World Championships in Beijing and the 2012 World Championships in Auckland. She got silver in the 2013 ITU World Championships in London • Three-time Paratriathlon National Champion (2011, 2012, 2013) - Completed her first Ironman in Arizona on Nov 17, 2013

Athletic Background: Three-time Paratriathlon National and World Champion, Member of Team USA as a swimmer at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games • Competed in gymnastics, track and diving while growing up.

Personal: Parents are Dave and Marlene Hoffman • Was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and was the first Iraq War veteran to compete in the Paralympic Games as a swimmer in 2008 • Was one of four athletes featured in a documentary called “Warrior Champions” • Works in the field of prosthetics where she fit other amputees with prosthetic devices • Became involved with triathlon following the Beijing Paralympics because she enjoyed the variety that it gave her • Co-founded the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club based out of Chicago - a board member for the Wounded Warrior Project - serves on the Mideast Triathlon Council and the USAT Women's Committee.

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