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Paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell a Finalist for IPC Athlete of the Month
Online voting closes Friday at paralympic.org
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After winning her third straight ITU Paratriathlon World Championship title last month, Melissa Stockwell is one of five finalists for the International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month for October.
To vote for Stockwell, visit paralympic.org and look for the poll on the right side of the page. Voting closes Friday.
Stockwell, a 2008 Paralympian as a swimmer and a 2016 Paralympic hopeful in triathlon, won her third consecutive title in the TRI-2 category Oct. 22 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Iraq war veteran was victorious in convincing fashion with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 14 seconds — more than four minutes clear of her closest competitor — in the sprint-distance event. Also a two-time national champion, Stockwell is one of only two paratriathletes with a current streak of back-to-back-to-back world titles.
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Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 455,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).