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Diabetes Success Story: Olympian Kris Freeman

Kris’s Journey from Olympic Skier to Role Model



Kris Freeman was born in Andover, New Hampshire. His love for skiing began when he was very young and his dedication to the sport grew over time. This dedication allowed him to reach a personal goal to be the number one cross-country skier in the United States and the reigning national champion for three consecutive years.

However, things weren’t always easy. Kris’s life changed in an instant when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19—just prior to competing in his first Winter Olympics. But that diagnosis did not stop him from pursuing his dreams. Over time, he learned to carefully manage his diabetes with the help of physicians, coaches, family, and friends. And because of that hard work, his personal journey with diabetes has now included participating in the last three Olympics and recording some of the best event finishes for a U.S. skier 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.


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