The Triathlete Hour Podcast: Melissa Stockwell Has Done It All

The paratri world champion lost her leg in Iraq, came back to be the flagbearer at the Paralympics in Beijing as a swimmer, and is now trying to make the triathlon team as a 41-year-old.

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Today we’re chatting with paratri world champion and Paralympic bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell. Melissa was the first female soldier to lose a limb during the Iraq War—though, as she jokes, that wasn’t a goal she set out to achieve. She talks to us about coming back from that, being selected as the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies in the 2008 Paralympics, which she competed in as a swimmer, and then finding triathlon. And now she’s going for another shot at the team this summer as a 41 year old.

Plus first, Laura Siddall is back with Sid Talks and we dissect the wins of another pair of nearly 40-year-olds this past weekend, we try to explain the Pro Triathlete Organization’s rankings, and we preview the stacked field at St. George this weekend.

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