Melissa Stockwell Biography

Melissa Stockwell is an American Paralympics swimmer and former U.S. Army officer. For her bravery in the Iraq war, she has been awarded Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. She has also appeared in a documentary named Warrior Champions: From Baghdad to Beijing.

Early Life

Melissa Stockwell was born on 13th January 1980 in Grand Haven, Michigan, United States of America. At a young age, she always dreamt of being a part of the military. Melissa has completed her high school studies but the details about her schooling have been kept private and away from the limelight. For her higher and further studies, she enrolled herself at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America. She studied communications over there.

Melissa Stockwell Career

Melissa has begun her career in the field of the military.  In 2020 after graduation she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army She had transportation Officer Basic Course Training and was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. In March 2004 she was deployed to Iraq. Next year she was medically retired.

After retirement, she works as a prosthetist. She later started participating in the Paralympics and competed in three swimming events. The events were 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, and 400m freestyle at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.  She was further seen at Triathlon, ITU Paratriatholn World Championship, Beijing Paralympics, and more.

Melissa Stockwell Biography

Real Name Melissa Stockwell
Birth Date 31 January 1980
Age (as of 2021) 41 Years
Birth Place Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
Nationality American
Profession Triathlete, Swimmer, U.S. Army officer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Aquarius

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 5” – in Centimeters – 165 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 59 kg  –  in Pounds –  130 lbs
Shoe Size 6.5 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Athletic




College University of Colorado Boulder

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Husband Brian Tolsma
Children Two (Dallas, Amelia)

Personal Life

Melissa Stockwell is married to Brian whose details have not been shared much. They got married at a private wedding ceremony. The couple is blessed with a son named Dallas and a daughter named Millie. In March 2004 when she was in Baghdad, Iraq, and was involved in Iraq War.  She was on a routine convoy when her vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. This resulted in the loss of her left leg above the knee.

Melissa Stockwell Net Worth

Melissa Stockwell has earned a lot by working in the military and also by participating in the worldwide championships. According to sources, the exact details about her net worth have not been shared but it is estimated to be around $1 million.


  • She is currently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America.
  • At the University of Colorado, she joined Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.
  • She has won a gold medal three times at ITU Triathlon World Championships.
  • She was a senior at college when the 11th September 2001 attack happened.
  • From 2005-2014 she served as the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • The name of her coach is Derick Williams.
  • In the 2008 Paralympics, she was the U.S. Team flag’s bearer at the closing ceremonies.
  • She is the co-founder of Dare2Tri a Chicago-based triathlon club specifically for athletes with disabilities.

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