Melissa Stockwell

Member of the Board of Trustees, U.S. Army Veteran and 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist

Resides: Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder

Career: After receiving her degree, Melissa served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Transportation Corps. She was deployed to Iraq and lost her left leg to a roadside bomb in 2004. After rehabilitation she went back to school for prosthetics and currently owns a prosthetic company in Colorado Springs called Tolsma/ Stockwell prosthetics with her husband Brian. Melissa is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, an elite Paratriathlete and travels around the nation for motivational speaking. She also co-founded the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club that gets other athletes with physical disabilities into the sport of triathlon. Her favorite job is being a mom to her two young kids. 

Years Involved in Multisport: 14 years

Role with the USA Triathlon Foundation: Member of the Board of Trustees

Why are you involved with the USA Triathlon Foundation: To give back to a sport I am so passionate about.  

Athletic Background: Melissa swam in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and turned to triathlon in 2009. She was the world champion in the Women’s PT2 category in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and went on to win a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. She got 5th at her 3rd Paralympic Games in Tokyo and is currently training in hopes of Paris 2024.