Kris Freeman, a member of the United States cross-country ski team has a story unmatched in Olympic competition history. Freeman, 28, is the first athlete with Type 1 diabetes to compete in an Olympic endurance event.
Diagnosed in 2000, doctors initially told Freeman he would have to give up his dream to win an Olympic medal in cross country skiing. Freeman recalls, “I was very concerned that I was going to have to stop racing. Not trying to race never occurred to me. I was going to try, and if I failed I failed but I was certainly going to go as hard as I could to continue on the career path I was on.”
Freeman is the reigning U.S. National cross-country champion and had his best finish at the Worlds in ‘09 and the best American finish in cross-country in more than two decades. Advancements in diabetes treatment have helped Freeman achieve these world-class results. Freeman explains, “Without a doubt this is the best time in history to have diabetes. The medical advances have been tremendous. I don’t know if what I’m doing now would have been possible 20 years ago.”
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