Paratriathlon Development Team


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2019-2020 U.S. Paralympic Development Team: Athlete Bios

Allan Armstrong  - Male PTS2

  • Armstrong has been an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army since 2003 and is a father of three girls.  Armstrong was hit by a truck while on his motorcycle resulting in an amputation of the leg in 2013. The Given Limb Foundation offered a Paratriathlon introduction camp in 2015 for injured service members and veterans where his love for the sport grew.
  • Though Armstrong began racing in 2015, in 2016 he quickly became a member of the elite U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) for Olympic bound athletes.  Achievements include three time Paratriathlon U.S. National Championship, respectively.  His long-term goals are to be selected for the 2020 Tokyo Paraylmpic Team, retire with 20 years of service from the Army, and provide college education to all three girls.

Kyle Coon - Male PTVI

  • Kyle lost his sight due to a rare form of childhood eye cancer. Shortly after losing his sight though he was encouraged to take up rock climbing and other adventure sports by his mentor, Erik Weihenmayer. Kyle went on to become a competitive rock climber in addition to getting into mountaineering, downhill skiing, and wrestling. He took up running post college as a distraction from being unable to find employment. While learning to run he met a guide who was also a triathlete who encouraged him to give the sport a tri.  
  • Kyle began participating in triathlons in 2015 focusing on 70.3 and Ironman distance racing. To date he’s completed three Ironman 140.6 branded races including being the first totally blind triathlete to break 11 hours in an Ironman 140.6. He began racing on the International Triathlon Union circuit in 2018 and has his eye on representing the U.S. at Tokyo 2020 as well as Paris 2024 and Las Angeles 2028.

Eric McElvenny - Male PTS4

  • While serving as a Marine, I lost my leg below the knee during combat operations in Afghanistan. That loss began my journey in to triathlon. My goal was to finish an ironman. The path there served as rehab for the amputation and became a wonderful new hobby and way of life.  I’m not sure if my wife fully agrees with that statement.  I had the privilege of crossing my first ironman finish line at the World Championships in 2013.  I have had the opportunity to finish a total of 8 ironman races.  I have been racing for 6 years. 
  • While training for ironman, I have competed in triathlons of all distances.  I became interested in paratriathlon while watching friends compete and seeing it in the Rio Paralympics. My main goal is to enjoy the sport. A short term goal is a podium this year (2019) at a World Cup.  Goal 2 is to compete and medal at the Paralympics in 2020 and 2024.  A final goal is becoming a World Champion.  My team goal is to add value to USA Triathlon in whatever capacity I can.
  • My wonderful wife, Rachel, and I are raising our 3 children in Pittsburgh, PA.

Melissa Stockwell - Female PTS2

  • I am a Wounded Veteran and lost my leg over in Iraq in 2004. I got started in triathlon after competing in the 2008 Paralympic in swimming and have been competing since 2009. I am a 3x World Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) and a bronze medalist from the Rio Paralympics. I am training at the OTC In hopes of making the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic team. I am a mother to 2 kids and it's my favorite job in the world. I am also a triathlon coach, a motivational speaker and co- founder of the CHicago Based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club. 

Josh Sweeney - Male PTWC

  • I grew up in Glendale, AZ and joined the US Marines in 2005.  Got injured in 2009 in Afghanistan and started played sled hockey during rehabilitation eventually joining the USA National sled hockey team from 2011 until 2019.  I got started in triathlon after watching an extreme races show and decided I wanted to do something outside that would push me to challenge myself both mentally and physically.  I began training in December 2019 and competed in my first race and first full triathlon in Sarasota at the CAMTRI 2019 race and won 1st place.  My long term goals are to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and become one of the top 3 in the world rankings.

Nicole Ver Kuilen - Female PTS4

  • I lost my left leg to bone cancer when I was 10 years old and have always loved being physically active. While home from college one summer, my neighbor, who was an avid triathlete, came over with a stack of triathlon training books and cage pedals and said “you’d be good at this.” That summer, I set up my own racecourse in Northern Michigan, and loved it. But, it wasn’t until 2015 that I competed in my first triathlon; I finished with a 3rd place age group finish.
  • Two years later, I decided to take on my biggest athletic endeavor: a 1,500 mile triathlon from Seattle to San Diego to raise awareness for amputees and better access to prosthetic technology. It was after this event that I received my first running prosthesis, at the age of 26.
  • Since then, I’ve made it my personal mission to prove my athletic potential and advocate for amputee rights. Thanks to my coach Jamie Brown, I’ve been able to take my athleticism to the next level. I haven’t looked back since. My long-term goal is to race the ITU circuit and earn a spot on the 2024 Paris Paralympic Team.