- United States
- Born: 1980
In 2004, Melissa lost her left leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and her life was forever changed. After being medically retired from the Army in April 2005 with a Purple Heart and bronze star, all the hard work began. She found support with her Chicago-based paratriathlon club, Dare2Tri. Melissa is the first American woman to lose a limb in active combat and also competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Since 2008, her primary focus has been firmly placed on the sport of Paratriathlon. Melissa has competed all around the world and has stood on top of many podiums, and is a three times World Champion. In 2016, Paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympic Games and Melissa raced her way to bronze as part of a USA team and in 2017 Melissa went on to secure a silver medal at the Sarasota ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.
- 2nd place at the 2017 Sarasota ITU Paratriathlon World Cup;
- 3rd place at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games;
- 2nd place at the 2016 Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon Event;
- 2nd place at the 2016 Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships; and
- 3rd place at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.
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Through the month of December we will be naming the "Best of 2016" moments from the year, anything from top performances to inspirational finishes, because when you have a year like we just…20 Dec, 2016
On September 11, the women will take to Copacabana Beach as the first edition of ladies to ever race for Paralympic gold medals.08 Sep, 2016
With paratriathlon set to debut at the Paralympic Games for the first time in just over two weeks on September 10-11, ITU confirms the start lists for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.28 Aug, 2016
The 2015 World Triathlon Series has been fast and historical, and as the Chicago Grand Final gets underway with the paratriathlon and elite races on Friday and Saturday, the Series finale…16 Sep, 2015
The world of paratriathlon has been more exciting than ever, with just under a year to go until the sport makes its debut in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.11 Sep, 2015