On Thursday, October 24, I got the great opportunity to be a part of a great night that recognizes courage, perseverance and athletes showcasing their abilities and not their disabilities. I was a 3 time returning alumni from my 2011 induction into the Hall of Fame. It was a great night to reconnect with several friends that I know through the Paralympics and seeing new up and coming talent. The event was held a place called – Sound Board the Motor City Casino, a Four Diamond Award-Winning venue in downtown Detroit. The venue was a great backdrop for the wonderful event, but also made the inductee’s feel the in the lime light for honoring their successes and talents. It was an honor to share this night with friends and seeing familiar faces of the disabled communities here in Michigan.
In April, I was very excited to be a part of the 6th Annual Governor’s Fitness Awards.
It was an honor to be recognized along with other Olympic and Paralympic athletes, individuals and organizations from Michigan that encourage others to make healthy choices by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or other community involvement.
The Governor’s Fitness Awards serve as a platform for inspirational individuals and organizations for their pursuit, commitment and dedication to healthy lifestyles. Each award recognizes the many different ways the winners are inspiring and influencing Michigan residents to live a healthy lifestyle.
The purpose of the Governor’s Fitness Awards event serves as a platform of appreciation and public recognition for these deserving citizens as well as a fundraiser for the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
It’s events like this that helps me reflect in my healthy choices and my commitment to fitness every day. Also seeing a couple of familiar faces and having others recognize us for our accomplishments is always such a great humbling experience.
So get smart about your food choices and commit to exercising each day and you too can lead healthy lifestyle.
Governor’s Fitness Awards
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 16 athletes, including eight gold medalists from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, have been named to the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National A Team. Read the entire article: 2013 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team named.
What better way to start off the 2013 year then a 5K run at 9am on January 1st? It was a very entertaining thought that “not many 23 year old people were waking up to a run after bringing in the New Year the night before.” However, that didn’t stop the 300 people from running in the cold, wet weather in downtown Raleigh, NC in the Commitment Day Run. I had a great time and surprised myself with a great finishing time. So, I would like to challenge all of you to commit to living healthier and exercise for the coming year. You’ll feel good, and inspire someone else to make a positive change. So hopefully this will be a good start to a great year of training and bringing in the New Year!
Wow what a great year. So many great things have happened this year and boy was I glad that the Mayas were wrong about the end of the world as I still have much to accomplish.
In looking back at 2012, here are a couple of highlights:
- Huge move from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado to Michigan to get ready for Paralympic trials in North Dakota and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
- Being a featured athlete as part of the special Olympic Edition of the Topps trading cards.
- Being named to the 2012 Paralympic team to represent the USA in London.
- Really enjoyed Germany and their hospitality as they served as the USA team host prior to arriving at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Had a rough start at the 2012 Games with a 5th and 4th place finish in the 400 Meter Freestyle and the 100 Meter Butter fly. I was extremely happy it wasn’t a repeat of the 2008 Beijing Games. Then when I got my first Paralympic medal, a Bronze in the 100 Meter Freestyle, a Silver medal in the 100 Meter Backstroke and a Bronze medal in the 50 Meter Freestyle.
- Following the Paralympic Games, I had the great privilege to backpack through 9 different countries in 20 days with my best friend Anthony Gambino.
- Traveled to Nebraska to speak and raise money to help build a gym for small town of Broken Bow. Also, great husker hospitality.
- I had the great opportunity and honor to participate in the 86th Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, MI. It was really cool to have the support of Michigan there to see the “hardware” I earned in London.
- And to close out the year I had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family.
I am so grateful for everyone who helped me get to where I needed to be when I needed to be there. I’d like to thank AmbuTech for their continued support and generous donation and to TYR Sports for supplying me with all of my competition swim suits. I would like to thank my coach, Shawn Kornoelje and Cheryl Angelelli for all their support and guidance. I couldn’t have made all of my dreams come true without the help of Ken Bland for who took care of business and handling EVERY logistical item in my life for the past 4 years to make my every step possible. I am very fortunate to be able to look at my career and have such a great backing and FINALLY have hardware to show for it.
We all have so much to be grateful for and I hope that everyone had a great 2012 and here’s looking forward to a great 2013. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.
It was an honor to particiate in the America’s Thanksgiving Parade, an 86 Year Tradition, celebrating 86 years of marching, smiles, clowns and bringing families together in Detroit!
It was awesome to get to reconnect with fellow Olympic and Paralympic athletes and was spoiled by the VIP treatment. It was a beautiful day starting off kind of cold then heating up into the high 50′s. All of the time and effort that goes into putting on a parade was all shared by the half of a million people that came downtown to see all of the floats, balloons and bands. Even though I ended up on the wrong float and was interviewed as Ryan Dupree all in all it was fun to wave to the crowds with 3 medals that I earned with hard work and the support of family and friends. Thanks to everyone and if you were downtown.
America’s Thanksgiving Parade
From left to right: Alex Morgan (soccer), Nathan Adrian (swimming), Peter Vanderkay (swimming), Allison Schmitt (swimming), Tucker Dupree (swimming), Tyler Clary (swimming)[img src=http://www.tuckerdupree.com/wp-content/flagallery/americas-thanksgiving-parade/thumbs/thumbs_ap2.jpg]740Tyler & Tucker
Tyler Clary (swimming) and Tucker Dupree (swimming)
Tucker – I am the proud mother of a Paralympic swimmer whose focus is on his abilities not his disabilities. What a journey this has been. When you woke up that morning to get ready for school and couldn’t see clear out of one of your eyes, it has changes our lives forever. You’re an inspiration to our family and others. Swimming has been a lifesaver for you. When you get into the pool your focus is on the goals that you want to achieve. Stroke after stroke, lap after lap, and competition after competition has given you an experience of a life time. A mother’s heart sings when her child is happy!! I am on my way toLondonsoon to support you on your quest for gold and what a way to represent your country. You have overcome challenges that are put before you and worked hard to achieve your goals. I love you Tucker so take some deep breathes, believe in your heart, and swim fast!!! MOM (Marlene Dupree)
It’s hard to believe that London is here and I will be competing in my second Olympic games. It’s also hard to believe that I have been training for four years straight where if I take my best times in the events that I will be competing in, will total just under 8 minutes. Here is my schedule for London:
- Wednesday, 29AUG – Opening Ceremony
- Thursday, 30AUG – 400 Meter Freestyle (9:30am Prelims; 5:30pm Finals)
- Friday, 31AUG – Day Off – Rest
- Saturday, 01SEPT – Day Off – Rest
- Sunday, 02SEPT – 100 Meter Butterfly (9:30am Prelims; 5:30pm Finals)
- Monday, 03SEPT – Day Off – Rest
- Tuesday, 04SEPT – 100 Meter Freestyle (9:30am Prelims; 5:30pm Finals)
- Wednesday, 05SEPT – 100 Meter Backstroke (9:30am Prelims; 5:30pm Finals)
- Thursday, 06SEPT – Day Off – Rest
- Friday, 07SEPT – 50 Meter Freestyle (9:30am Prelims; 5:30pm Finals)
- Saturday, 08SEPT – Celebrate with family and friends
- Sunday, 09SEPT – Closing Ceremony
ABC TV (ABC1 & ABC2) will show over 100 hours of exclusive coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games beginning with the opening ceremony on August 30.
Also, the International Paralympic Committee will feature more than 780 hours of live sporting coverage on www.paralympic.org.
U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/USParalympics.
All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.
It should be an exciting couple of weeks. I am prepared and ready. It’s been a long four years as I have prepared for these games and I’m proud to be one of the 227 athletes competing in 19 sporting events that will be representing the USA. I have met some incredible people through this journey and I thank all of you for your constant encouragement, inspiration and support.
Topps is best known as the leading producer of baseball, football, basketball, hockey and other sports and non-sports themed trading cards and have been around since 1938. They have created a special 2012 Olympic set containing cards of Olympic hopefuls bound for London. I was very honored to be selected as one of the featured athletes in this special edition. There are ten card per packet. My mother had to purchase seven packets from Target before getting one of my cards. So please be sure to look for this special Olympic edition with Michael Phelps on the front and pick up a set at your local Topps dealer today.