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)
Four-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2018, 2013, 2012, 2011)
Two-time ITU Paratriathlon World Cup medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)
2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships silver medalist
2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships bronze medalist
Completed her first IRONMAN in Arizona on Nov. 17, 2013
2008 U.S. Paralympic Team, Swimming

Elite Triathlon Career

2018: Started the season strong in March with a silver medal at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships • Won gold at the Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on May 28 • Earned a win at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, on June 30 • Earned two consecutive fourth-place finishes at ITU World Paratriathlon Series events in Iseo-Franciacorta, Italy, in June, and Edmonton, Alberta, in July • Placed seventh at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 12

2017: Won a silver medal in October at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, two months after giving birth to her second child

2016: Won a bronze medal as part of a U.S. podium sweep in the women's PT2 division at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, alongside gold medalist Allysa Seely and silver medalist Hailey Danz • Earned silver medals at the Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon Event and the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships

2015: Earned bronze at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago • Reached the podium four times at ITU World Paratriathlon Events, including a gold in Detroit, silvers in Rio de Janeiro and Yokohama, and a bronze at Sunshine Coast • Placed second at the Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships

2014: Collected a silver medal at the Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Event

2013: Won silver at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London • Earned victories at the San Diego ITU World Paratriathlon Event and the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships

2012: Earned her third consecutive world title at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland

2011: Defended her world championship crown at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing

2010: Earned her first world title at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Budapest

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 • Competed in gymnastics, track and diving as a child