Skip to main content
Return to Athlete Stories

Melissa Stockwell

Sport: Para-Triathlon & Swimming

Stockwell graduated in 2002 from the University of Colorado, where she participated in the ROTC program. In May 2002, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Army. In March 2004, her unit was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.

On April 13, she was on a routine convoy and was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast blew off her left leg, and today Stockwell stands as an above-the-knee-amputee. For her service, Stockwell was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Stockwell was introduced to swimming through physical therapy at Walter Reed. A year after loosing her leg she found a club team and started training with the goal of making the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team.

Stockwell swam the 400 free, 100 free and 100 fly in Beijing, but her proudest moment was carrying the American flag at closing ceremonies.

After Beijing, Stockwell turned to the sport of triathlon. For the past 3 years she was a member of the Paratriathlon National team and is a 3x World Paratriathlon champion in the women’s Tri2 division.

Along with her athletics, Stockwell works for Scheck and Siress Prosthetics in Chicago and fits other amputees with artificial limbs. She is also a co-founder of the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratrithlon club that helps athletes with physical disabilities get into the sport of triathlon. Stockwell also serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project and believes in living life to the fullest.

Stockwell works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability. To learn more about Stockwell, visit her website:

For more information about Melissa’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.