Tucker 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, Tucker 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 over the course of four months, he also began losing vision in his right eye.
Tucker 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, Tucker was introduced to the Paralympic Games. Less than one year later, Tucker marched in the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games representing Team USA in Beijing, China.
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Tucker brought home a silver medal for Team USA in the 100m backstroke and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle events. More recently at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Tucker brought home another medal for Team USA, a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke.
Tucker works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.