ABC Person of the Week - Paralympian Melissa Stockwell
Two amazing lives converged this week at the United States Olympic Center in Colorado Springs. Under the grandeur of Pikes Peak, amid dozens of waving flags from around the world, Bob Woodruff sat down to interview Melissa Stockwell.
A few days before, Melissa had heard the news that she’d been named to the United States Paralympic Swim Team, and would be going to Beijing later this year. Melissa, who lost her leg to a roadside bomb in Baghdad in 2004, is the first Iraq war veteran invited to compete in the Paralympics.
As they sat across from each other, the parallels between interviewer and interviewee were hard to ignore. Bob Woodruff was nearly killed by a roadside bomb about twelve miles north of Baghdad in 2006 - becoming the first American news anchor to be seriously wounded in a war zone.
Director of Photography Tom Miller and two Big Pictures crews (Tom Miller & Tom Levy, Zumi Hidalgo & Pete Ward), along with ABC Producer Christine Romo, spent the day with Stockwell and Woodruff capturing her inspirational story.
This feature will air tomorrow (Friday, April 18th) on ABC’s Good Morning America, and World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson. Please check it out if you get a chance.
This Article first appeared in the April 2008 issue of Big Pictures News.
Written by Tom Miller, Copyright 2008, Big Pictures Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.