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Tucker Dupree        

Four-Time Paralympic Medalist & Three Time Paralympian

Tucker Dupree grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He led the life of a typical teenager; playing sports, learning to cook at his first job, learning to drive and playing the piano.

At 17, Dupree woke up one morning and realized he could not see out of his left eye. He went about his day hoping this was a temporary situation, but it was not and over the course of four months, he also began losing vision in his right eye.

Dupree was diagnosed with a rare disease called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). In a short period of time, he lost 80% of his central vision in both eyes.

Doctors told him his life would never be “normal.” He was determined not to let this disability define him. He quickly returned to the pool, and to the sport he loved. With more to prove than ever before, he was determined to make his life not only “normal,” but extraordinary.

While attending the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in 2007, Dupree was introduced to the Paralympics when he was connected to a future USA teammate, Lex Gillette. Less than one year later, Dupree marched in the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games representing Team USA in Beijing, China.

At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Dupree brought home a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle events. In the 2016 Paralympic Games, Dupree won bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Dupree is regarded as one of the top blind swimmers in America holding world records in the 100m butterfly events and 50m backstroke, five American and Pan-American records. He is also a multiple-time national and world champion.

Now retired from swimming, Dupree is working full-time in corporate America in digital communications for BP. He found his job with the help of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Career and Education Program (ACE), which is supported by career management services sponsor Adecco.

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