Tucker Dupree

Tucker got his athletic start like many young men in North Carolina – through soccer. Upon entering high school, he joined the swim team as a fun pastime alongside his soccer career, and gradually swimming became his pursuit. Tucker was living life to its fullest and following his passions. However, not long after his 16th birthday and a mere few weeks after buying his first car, Tucker began to lose vision in his right eye. Eventually, he was diagnosed with an extraordinarily rare degenerative eye disease called, Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), resulting in the loss of 80% vision in both eyes, by the time he was 17.

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Within a few short months, Tucker’s life changed dramatically. Soccer, driving and reading were just some of the things that Tucker found he was unable to do. However, his resilient spirit quickly embraced what he COULD do – he found that while he couldn’t read books or music anymore, he was able to play the piano, learning by sound only. While he couldn’t drive anymore, he learned how to navigate public transportation; and while he couldn’t play soccer, he found his freedom in swimming. He embraced the water like never before – training harder, and swimming faster. He swam in his first Paralympic swim meet at 17 in 2007, shattering multiple American records. He made the national team and became the fastest blind swimmer in US history.

Tucker became the face of the Paralympic movement. He competed in the 2008 Games in Beijing, 2012 in London (winning 2 bronze and 1 silver), and 2016 in Rio (winning bronze), as well as numerous World and International competitions. He currently holds several World and American records as well as a World Champion Title in the 100m fly won in 2009. He embraces his role as spokesperson for the Paralympic community, and works to improve the opportunities afforded able-bodied and disabled athletes alike.  

I love getting in front of kids to help shape their mindsets of what to do for when things happen to you. Standing on top of the 4'S is how you can shape the outcome of what you do with what happens to you."

Highlights

  • 3X Paralympic Medalist in Summer Games (2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio Games)
  • World-Ranked Paralympic Swimmer
  • Corporate Presenter and Motivational Speaker
  • Holds 43 American, 9 Pan-American and 3 World Records
  • Has Been Awarded 49 Gold, 14 Silver and 18 Bronze Medals Since 2007


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