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Meet Kris Freeman, Olympic Cross-Country Skier

A dream that was almost denied

From an early age, Kris Freeman* dreamed of becoming an Olympic athlete. He was skiing from the time he could walk, and at age 19, was training with the Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team. But a routine blood test shortly thereafter led to a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

 

*Paid spokesperson for Dexcom, Inc.

An epic discovery

When the doctors told Kris he’d have to stop skiing, he refused to give up on his goal. Instead, he began researching new tools to manage his diabetes better and discovered continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).

“I was told…that I would not compete in the Olympics…and that it was impossible.”

Kris’ long-term plan for success

Using the Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM system, helped Kris better manage his diabetes by keeping him more informed about his glucose trends. With this information, he was able to spend more time in the snow. In fact, after nearly 200 races, only two have been affected by hypoglycemia.

A lesson learned…and passed on

With a combination of CGM, a stringent training regimen and a lot of heart, Kris has become a 16-time national champion and a 4-time Olympian in cross-country skiing. He also helps inspire the next generation of Dexcom Warriors by sharing his story with kids at more than 100 diabetes camps.

“I want kids to know that diabetes will not stand in the way of a dream—it’s only the limits you place on yourself that will get in the way of living your life.”

Become a Warrior

If you’re interested in becoming a Dexcom Warrior, tell us about yourself using the link below and how you would like to educate others about diabetes. If we choose to feature your story, a member of our Warriors Committee will reach out to you to provide you more details about the program.

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