November 8 - Melissa Stockwell has been named as the female Athlete of the Month for October by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) following her gold-medal winning performance at the 2012 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon World Championships.
The 32-year-old from Chicago, an Iraq war veteran, won her third consecutive International Paratriathlon World Championships title in the TRI-2 category in Auckland.
A first lieutenant, she was the first woman soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad
Stockwell is one of five finalists for the International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month for October.
Contact the writer of this story at [email protected]
November 2012: Paratriathlon star Stockwell head shortlist for IPC Athlete of the Month