Kris Freeman is arguably the best US cross-country distance skier for a generation. A key member of the US ski team, his absolute commitment is typical of the sporting elite. But he has another side: with three Winter Olympics under his belt, he is the only acknowledged endurance athlete with type 1 diabetes. He describes himself as an ardent spokesperson for diabetes awareness. In the recent 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, Canada, he suffered a major sporting setback when his blood glucose level dropped sharply during a 30 km race, forcing him to lose nearly 8 minutes on the winner and finish a disappointing 45th overall. Like any athlete competing at the highest level, Kris has set himself extraordinarily high standards and has described his own performance in Vancouver as ‘an unqualified disaster’. But, as he tells Diabetes Voice in this exclusive interview, he will be back.
cross-country skiing, olympic games