Veteran's Day Salute
On this day in 1918 World War I came to an end. Since 1938, Nov. 11 has been a federal holiday in the United States to honor the service of all military veterans. Among the brave American men and women who have served are countless professional and Olympic athletes, and here are three women we salute today.
Melissa Stockwell: The first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War when she lost her leg during a convoy in Baghdad, Stockwell has since become a decorated paratriathlete and Paralympic swimmer. She is a three-time ITU Paratriathlon world champion and the recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for her service. She has been on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005 and works as a prosthetist in Chicago.
Shauna Rohbock: The former BYU and San Diego Spirit soccer player was a 2006 Olympic bobsled silver medalist and also is a specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard. The talented athlete, who participated in the heptathlon at BYU, joined the National Guard in 2000.
Kristi Koplin: Currently on the nine-member U.S. women’s bobsled team, Koplin is hoping to make the final six-woman roster to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The Southern Utah University alum is a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Army and trains with its World Class Athlete Program.