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Diabetes Success Story: Olympian Kris Freeman

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Kris Freeman

Lilly is proud to support the only U.S. Olympic skier with type 1 diabetes. Kris Freeman's determination to pursue his dreams and compete in his 4th Olympic Games inspires us all. We're always rooting for you, Kris!

Cheer for Kris in these events at the 2014
Sochi Olympics

February 9 - Men's Skiathlon 30 km

February 14 - Men's 15 km Classic

February 16 - Men's 4x10 km Relay

February 23 - Men's 50 km

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Kris’s Journey from Olympic Skier to Role Model

PROVING THE POSSIBILITIES

KRIS FREEMAN—U.S. OLYMPIC
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIER

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.

A WILL TO WIN. THE PASSION TO INSPIRE.

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