Triathlon is the perfect adaptive sport for athletes with disabilities.
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.
The U.S. Army veteran has her sights set on making the 2016 Rio team, where paratriathlon will make its debut as a Paralympic sport.
Melissa came on to chat about her Chicago-based charity, Dare2Tri, life as a mom, and her hope of making the first ever U.S. Paratriathlon team for Rio.
Eleven years after losing her leg, American Melissa Stockwell is one of paratriathlon's biggest stars.
Melissa Stockwell was honored as the Women's Sports Foundation's 2013 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award winner on Wednesday.
USA Triathlon today named world champions Matt Perkins and Melissa Stockwell the 2010 USA Paratriathlon Athletes of the Year.