In 2004, First Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell woke up in a Baghdad ER after an IED strike, struggling to fight off infections and ultimately losing her left leg. In just 52 days, she took her first steps on her prosthetic leg. In just four years, she represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, carrying the American flag in the closing ceremonies.
Since debuting in Beijing, Stockwell has earned three Paratriathlon World Champion titles and was named USAT Paratriathlete of the Year for two consecutive years. She was the 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and is currently training to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Stockwell also dedicates her time to helping other athletes with disabilities realize what they are capable of and experience the same thrill of competing. As a mother, veteran, and award-winning athlete, Stockwell’s story of perseverance and determination is an inspiration to all.
If you want to bring Stockwell and her message of resilience to your next event, contact AAE for fees and availability.