Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1980
Birthplace: Grand Haven, Mich.
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.
College: University of Colorado, Boulder
Three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2012, 2011, 2010)
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
World-Class Moms: Meet Five Of Team USA's Coolest Moms
Stafford Braxton May 14, 2017
A look into the busy lives of Team USA's most successful mothers.
Baby Boom: How Olympians Are Training And Competing Through Pregnancy
Peggy Shinn May 11, 2017
Athletes have competed in the NYC Marathon, Australian Open and Arena Pro Swim Series while pregnant.
10 Team USA Women Everyone Should Look Up To
Lisa Costantini March 22, 2017
From Serena Williams to Mia Hamm, these athletes are the definition of role models.
Red, White & Trending: March 3-9
Jamie MacDonald March 10, 2017
The very best International Women’s Day posts, including a flashback from Lindsey Vonn with Picabo Street; the very best reactions to Christie Rampone’s retirement; a study in perseverance from record-setter Gwen Berry; a study in class from teen record-setter Noah Lyles and Wallace Spearmon; a balloon ride for Michelle Carter and Sandi Morris in New Mexico; a powder ride for Travis Ganong in South Korea; Mark Engel lays down another kind of track in Slovenia; Ted Ligety heads to Hawaii; Gwen Jorgensen enjoys a feast fit for a triathlete mother-to-be; Kerri Walsh Jennings enjoys her sons strumming; Jamie Nieto takes more inspiring steps; Tatyana McFadden takes a road to recovery; Sarah Hendrickson leaps a long way into ski jumping lore and more.
Red, White & Trending: Feb. 3-9
Jamie MacDonald Feb. 10, 2017
The best of the best of Team USA’s #1YearToGo barnstorming tour, including ice skaters meeting Ice Cube and Ice T, along with visions and dreams of PyeongChang and curling karaoke; big Steve Langton announces big bobsled news; two of the most inspirational videos you’ll see this week; ride along with Team USA during a roller-coaster Super Bowl, with Simone Biles sizing up Shaquille O’Neal; Steven Nyman taking another perspective after his season-ending knee injury; National Pizza Day fun; and the best package an Olympian or Paralympian could imagine.
Red, White & Trending: Jan. 13-19
Jamie MacDonald Jan. 20, 2017
Why training means joy to Paralympian Jarryd Wallace, what MLK Day means to Team USA, what a new scar means for Ted Ligety’s career, there are champion tri babies on the way for Melissa Stockwell and Gwen Jorgensen, Team USA checks in from some of the world’s nicest views, Paralympic hoopster Trevon Jenifer checks in from way downtown, a brand new Aly Raisman, Nathan Adrian draws the line, a Women’s National Soccer Team mystery solved (sort of), Tatyana McFadden’s next act, Lexi Thompson’s Ali tribute, Hannah Teter’s epic snowfall pics, Becca Meyers’ escape to the beach, Carlin Isles’ speed and more.
The Best 16 Social Media Posts of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Stafford Braxton Dec. 29, 2016
Relive the best moments from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Top 16 U.S. Paralympic Photos Of 2016
Katie Branham Dec. 22, 2016
Take a look back at some of the best Paralympic moments of the year.
The Top 16 Photos Of 2016
Katie Branham Dec. 21, 2016
Take a look back at some of the best moments of the year as we countdown to the top photo of 2016.
Celebrating Team USA’s Top 16 Moments At The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Stuart Lieberman Dec. 14, 2016
Team USA had its most successful Paralympic Games since 1996.