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Team(s): Paratriathlon National Team

Twitter: @MStockwell01
Website: www.melissastockwell.com

Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
Resides: Chicago, Ill.
College: University of Colorado, Boulder
Height: 5-5
Weight: 130
Birthdate: 1/31/1980 (34)
Birthplace: Grand Haven, Mich.

Triathlon Career: Member of the 2012 USA Paratriathlon National Team • Won her third consecutive TRI-2 world title at the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland • Claimed her second straight title in the TRI-2 category at the 2012 USA Paratriathlon National Championship in Austin, Texas • Won USA Paratriathlon Athlete of the Year honors for 2010 and 2011 • Earned her second straight world title at the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing, China • Part of a U.S. sweep of the TRI-2 podium at 2011 Worlds • Winner of the TRI-2 national title at the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship in New York City • Placed first in the TRI-2 category at the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in Budapest • Runner-up in the TRI-2 category at the 2010 USA Paratriathlon National Championship • Won her division at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon, her first Olympic-distance event.

Athletic Background: Member of Team USA as a swimmer at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics • Competed in gymnastics, track and diving while growing up.
Parents are Dave and Marlene Hoffman • Was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and 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” • Recently completed her residency in 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 • She has learned to love all three sports and is looking forward to seeing where the sport will take her.
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