It was very fun to leave Detroit and fly down to Miami, Florida. The Michigan weather was starting to make my southern blood get infused with ice. The trip down to Florida was a great way to swim and taw out the blood. I wasn’t fully rested so I could save that for the two meets I am going to be swimming in Scotland and Berlin. It was still a great opportunity to race and feel good swimming outside. I only competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke as well. Swimming backstroke in the prelims was tough from the fact that the sun was in the little vision that I have making it hard to see. I won all three events and got to race in a great pool and catch up with some great people as well. All in all it was a great week away from Michigan and soaking up some sunshine.
World Championships were held August 11-17 in Montreal, Canada. The team arrived on Thursday, August 8 and started to compete the following Monday, August 12. It was nice to arrive early to see how the flow of transportation and going back-and-forth to the pool would work to get in a rhythm before completion started. I swam the 100 meter freestyle on Monday coming in fourth place with a pretty pleasing time. I swam the next day, Tuesday, August 13 with the 100 meter butterfly and swimming with a horrible finish of 7th place. I luckily had Wednesday off in order to rest before my next race on Thursday which was the 50 meter freestyle. I started to get in my rhythm and finally walked away from a race that Thursday with a bronze medal. I had Friday off which was much needed going into my silver medal event from the 2012 London games, the 100 meter backstroke. I raced the same people as I did at the London games and I got touched out by .03 this year from the gold, receiving the silver medal as well as setting a new American record. I was pretty happy all in all with how I swam and was proud to represent and complete for the United States of America one more time.
The United States Paralympic World Championship team placed fourth in the overall medal count. It is always a true honor to wear our countries colors and represent the United States and compete against some of the best disabled athletes in the world.
World Championships 2013
Getting back into the competition mood is such a great feeling.
As I was preparing and packing for the Michigan Open, an abled-body swim meet, was a very humbling moment for me…. as I was looking at all of my competition e swim suits and thinking, the last I put one of these on, I was in the London where I brought home 3 medals. Although the London Games are over, training never ends.
For the past 4 months, I have been training extremely hard and working on new stroke techniques, so this meet was a great opportunity to see where I am in my fitness training as well as to play around with new stroke techniques. This is an important time to experiment now as the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Springs Championships / Spring CanAm is just two months away.
Given my training cycle and this part of the season, I went into this meet tired and broken down. I competed in 4 sessions making finals both days and set new American Records in the 50 Meter Freestyle and the 100 Meter Butterfly. This was the first time that I have swam a short course meet since 2009. So this was great as I am much stronger and older in the sport of racing. So back to training I go as I prepare for the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Springs Championships / Spring CanAm held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April.
2012 London Paralympics
Tucker Dupree of the United States competes in the Men's 400m Freestyle - S12 heat 2 on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 30, 2012 in London, England. Source: Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td_butter.jpg]1600Mens 100m Butterfly
Tucker Dupree of USA in the Mens 100m Butterfly S12 race on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 2, 2012 in London, England. Source: Christopher Lee/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td_silver.jpg]2260Men's 100m Backstroke - Silver Medal
Silver medallist Tucker Dupree of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Backstroke - S12 finals on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 5, 2012 in London, England. Source: Christopher Lee/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td_silver2.jpg]1650Men's 100m Backstroke - Silver Medal
Silver medallist Tucker Dupree of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Backstroke - S12 finals on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 5, 2012 in London, England. Source: Christopher Lee/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td_silver4.jpg]1410Men's 100m Backstroke - Finals
Tucker Dupree of the United States celebrates after winning the silver after competing in the Men's 100m Backstroke - S12 finals on day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 5, 2012 in London, England. Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td-silver3.jpg]1460Men's 100m Freestyle - Medal Presentation
(L-R) Silver medallist Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov of Russia, gold medallist Maksym Veraska of Ukraine and bronze medallist Tucker Dupree of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Freestyle - S12 final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre on September 4, 2012 in London, England. Source: Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/2012-london-paralympics/thumbs/thumbs_td_50_freel.jpg]1120Men's 50m Freestyle - Bronze Medal
Bronze medallist Tucker Dupree of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 50m Freestyle - S12 final on day 9 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 7, 2012 in London, England. Source: Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe
Tucker had a great day by breaking the American Record both in the prelims as well as in the finals with a time of 24.36 claiming the bronze medal. This was a great Paralympic Games with 125+ world records broken. Great Britian were excellent hosts and did an amazing job on all levels. Tucker will be participating in the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday wearing his silver and two bronze medals. Thanks for all your support and encouragement on this journey.
The finals were indeed a nail biter. Tucker did claim the silver and setting a new American Record with a time of 1:01.36, third place finished with a time of 1:01.55. Tucker has today off then on Friday he has the 50 freestyle with hopes of gold to complete the entire set of medals.
Tucker had another great race this morning qualifying for finals with a time of 1:02.36 and is seeded second. It will be another nail biter.
Another great race. Tucker swam a great race and qualified for the finals in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.10 seeded 3rd for tonights finals. World record is 50.91 and Paralympic record is 51.93. 1st place qualifying time was 52.63 and 2nd was 52.65, Tucker 3rd with a time of 55.10, 4th place with a time of 55.28 and 5th with a tiime of 55.33. Should be an exciting race. He looked great in the water. Please keep the good vibes coming to London.