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      Height
      5'11"
      Weight
      175
       

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      BIOGRAPHY
      Despite managing his illness as a Type 1 diabetic, for over a decade Kris Freeman has posted the best U.S. cross country distance results since the Bill Koch era of the early 1980s, and continues to lead as the veteran of the Team. The New Hampshire native's accolades include winning the inaugural Under-23 championships race in Italy, being the first American to qualify for the exclusive "Red Group"—the top 30 athletes on the World Cup circuit and, among others, narrowly missing the medals placing fourth at the 2003 and 2009 World Championships (the best U.S. result in over two decades). Following a very strong 2011 World Cup season, Freeman was off the pace a bit in 2012 as he looked for a new balance in managing his diabetes while competing. He wrapped up the season strong, winning a pair of SuperTours in Vermont and taking his 15th U.S. title.

      KRIS SAYS
      I continue to work with my endocrinologists and Eli Lilly to innovate new ways to regulate my diabetes throughout the grueling World Cup season. By focusing equal energy on keeping my sugar from being either too low or too high I had my most consistent season ever, taking World Cup points in 17 races this year. I plan to use this newfound consistency to springboard to the podium next winter.

      FIRST TRACKS
      Dad would pull young Freeman around on a sled; at 2, he was skiing and early in his teens tried nordic combined for a couple of seasons before focusing on cross country. He also was an outstanding high school runner. Freeman followed in the footsteps of his older brother and former U.S. Ski Team athlete, Justin. He spent a year skiing for the University of Vermont before joining the U.S. cross country residence program in Park City in 2000.

      OFF THE SNOW
      Freeman spends a lot of time working on diabetes advocacy, traveling the country to share his experiences with others. There is a staggering amount of negative misinformation about juvenile diabetes and he works to get positive and correct information out about diabetes - especially to kids with the disease. “I like to travel around to camps for kids with diabetes and encourage them to never set limits for themselves because of their disease.”

       

      Highlights

      OLYMPICS (top 25)
      Olympic Results

      Teams: 2002, 2006, 2010
      2002: 5th in 4x10k relay for best U.S. finish in Olympic history, Soldier Hollow, UT

      WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 25)
      Team: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
      World Championship Results
      Fourth twice, just missing medal, 2003, 2009

      WORLD CUP (Top 10)
      World Cup Results

      World Cup Stage Race Results

      Nine top-10 World Cup results (through 2012 season)
      2010: Career best 4th, 15k CL, Kuusamo, FIN

      U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES (15)
      2012- 50k FS mst, Craftsbury, VT
      2011- 50k CL mst, Sun Valley, ID
      2010 – 15k FS, Anchorage
      2009 – Sprint CL, Anchorage
      2009 – 10k FS, Anchorage
      2007 – 15k FS, Houghton, MI
      2007 – 10k CL, Houghton, MI
      2007 – 30k skiathlon, Presque Isle, ME
      2007 – 50k FS, Presque Isle, ME
      2006 -  30k pursuit, Soldier Hollow, UT
      2006 – 15k CL, Soldier Hollow, UT
      2006 – 50k CL, Fort Kent, ME
      2003 – 30k CL, Rumford, ME
      2003 – 10k CL, Rumford, ME
      2000 – 30k CL, Soldier Hollow, UT

      OTHER
      2007:  Set record for SuperTour wins (23); four U.S. titles
      2003: Gold Medalist, inaugural U-23 championships (30K CL mass start)