World class athletes descend on Chicago for 2014 World Triathlon Series

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A Chicago paratriathlete also will be competing but her road to the finish line started in the Iraq War.

Chicago’s own Melissa Stockwell is part of an elite group of athletes who are racing with dreams of competing in the 2016 Olympics.

The Iraq War veteran founded the first sanctioned paratriathlon club in the nation called Dare2Tri.

She’s an inspiration to so many athletes, rising above the traumatic loss of her leg.

Stockwell was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

She was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star after a roadside bomb took her left leg, makingĀ  her the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War.

But she fought to recover and became the first Iraq War Veteran chosen for the Paralympics.

Stockwell also works to develop state-of-the-art prosthetics and coaches other paratriathletes.

Most of the Triathlon events this weekend will be happening around Grant Park.

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