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Melissa Stockwell Honored as USOC’s October Athlete of the Month
Stockwell won her third straight world title last month in Auckland, New Zealand
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) honored paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell as its female Athlete of the Month for October following a gold-medal performance at the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships last month.
A 2008 Paralympian in swimming and an Iraq War veteran, Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) won her third consecutive ITU Paratriathlon World Championships title in the TRI-2 category Oct. 22 in Auckland, New Zealand. Stockwell won in convincing fashion, finishing more than four minutes clear of her closest competitor and covering the course in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 14 seconds. Also a two-time national champion, Stockwell is one of only two paratriathletes with a current streak of three straight world titles.
Additionally, Stockwell is one of five finalists for the International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month for October. To vote for Stockwell for this international honor, visit paralympic.org and look for the poll on the right side of the page. Voting closes Friday.
Alpine skier Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) claimed male USOC Athlete of the Month accolades, while the men’s doubles tennis team of Bob Bryan (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.) and Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) received USOC Team of the Month honors.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline for USOC monthly honors. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
U.S. Olympic Committee October Athletes and Team of the Month:
1. Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon
2. Gracia Leydon Mahoney, Diving
3. Ashley Wagner, Figure Skating
1. Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
2. Dathan Ritzenhein, Track & Field
3. Max Nowry, Wrestling
1. Bob and Mike Bryan, Tennis
2. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Figure Skating
3. Rob Jones and Oksana Masters, Para-rowing
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).