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Melissa Stockwell

Melissa Stockwell is best known as an American Paratriathlete and Paralympian as well as an Iraq War Veteran.

Melissa lost her leg in a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad earning both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After learning to walk with her prosthetic leg, Melissa went on to train and compete as a swimmer in the 2008 Paralympic Games. Melissa then turned to the sport of triathlon and is a 3x Paratriathlon World Champion with a goal to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Melissa inspires those recovering from limb loss and other catastrophic injuries and co-founded the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. She represents the spirit at the core of the ZIDILIFE mission: she took an initial loss and transformed it into an opportunity to do things she’d never dreamed of and to positively impact others.


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