Kris Freeman, a native of Andover, New Hampshire, is the number one cross-country skier in the United States and the reigning national champion. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes prior to competing in his first Winter Olympics at age 19, Kris has learned to carefully manage his diabetes with the help of physicians, coaches, family, and friends.
His personal journey with diabetes has included participation in the last three Olympics and a fourth-place finish at the 2009 World Championships—the best to date for an American cross-country skier.
Most recently, Kris won his first 50km U.S. National Championship, placed in the top 10 in three World Cup races, and was given a “Red Group” designation for finishing 2011 ranked in the top 30 worldwide—his most successful season ever.
“The last few years have been tough with some pretty public setbacks with my diabetes,” said Freeman. “But I've been able to stay positive and maintain my nutrition and overall diabetes management, which has helped me tremendously. I want to show everyone, especially children, that they can and should keep reaching for their dreams. You don't have to stop living just because you have diabetes.”
When away from the sport, Kris visits diabetes summer camps on behalf of Lilly Diabetes to share his story and to serve as an example that with proper diabetes management and care, dreams can come true.
Select a video below to learn more about Kris Freeman and how he manages his type 1 diabetes as an Olympic skier.