Diabetes Success Story: Olympian Kris Freeman

Diabetes Success Story: Olympian Kris Freeman

Diabetes Success Story: Olympian Kris Freeman

A Will to Win. The Passion to Inspire.

A native of Andover, New Hampshire, Kris Freeman’s love for skiing became apparent at a very young age, as did his talent for the sport. He would go on to become a three-time Olympian, the number one cross-country skier in the U.S., and the reigning national champion for three years in a row.

Kris’s story might sound like a fairytale, but it hasn’t been without its share of bumps in the road. Although a talented and proven athlete, Kris’s dreams were nearly dashed when at age 19, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, just prior to his first Winter Olympics.

With a tremendous amount of hard work and support from coaches, doctors, family, and friends, Kris didn’t let this new obstacle stop him and has since recorded some of the best event finishes of any U.S. Olympic skier ever.

"The last few years have been tough with some pretty public setbacks with my diabetes," says Kris. "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 he’s not training, Kris spends time at diabetes summer camps on behalf of Lilly Diabetes, sharing his story and proving that, with proper diabetes management and care, dreams can come true.