Name: Melissa Stockwell
Height: 5-5
Jan. 31, 1980  
Grand Haven, Mich.
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.
College: University of Colorado, Boulder 

Career Highlights

2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist
Three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2012, 2011, 2010)
Six-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event medalist (1 gold, 4 silvers, 1 bronze)
Three-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2013, 2012, 2011)
2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships silver medalist
2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships bronze medalist
Completed her first IRONMAN in Arizona on Nov. 17, 2013

Athletic Background: Member of Team USA as a swimmer at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games • Competed in gymnastics, track and diving as a child

Personal: Parents are Dave and Marlene Hoffman • Married to Brian Tolsma • Has one son, Dallas • Considers her service dog, Jake, a member of her family • 
Was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat in April 2004 • 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 • Serves as a board member for the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as the Mideast Region Triathlon Council and the USA Triathlon Women's Committee