From Sochi to the White House: Going to the Olympics with Diabetes

Posted by kris on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:29 in
Kris playing on the Olympics rings.

I have had a busy few months. I traveled to Sochi to compete at the Olympics where I raced in the 15k (9.3 miles), 30k (18.6 miles) and 50k (31 miles) races with diabetes. I kept my nerves under control and had no issues with my blood sugar levels during competition. My Omniod insulin pump worked flawlessly and I made a smooth transition to the Russian diet.

My Experience at the Olympics

Kris-Freeman-Olympics-2Sochi was my fourth Olympic Games. At the previous three I was never able to get to the Closing Ceremonies, so I made attending them a priority this time around. This made the final day of the Olympics one of the most tiring of my life. It started with the 50k freestyle race at 11:00 AM. Afterwards, I packed up my room and traveled to the main Olympic Village. A few hours later it was time to get dressed to line up and walk. The noise and lights entering the ceremony were amazing and a very unique experience. The energy was all positive and very powerful.

After the ceremony, the team and I had to hang out in the village for a few hours before heading to the airport. It was now midnight and our flight did not leave until 3:30 AM. Needless to say, when I finally got home to New Hampshire I was about as exhausted as I have ever been. The Ceremony was worth it though.

Visiting the White House

Kris on the front lawn before walking to the main entrance.Kris-Freeman-Olympics-4

On April 2nd, the entire Winter Olympic Team and I were invited to visit the White House. Once inside I was free to walk around. I particularly liked the painting of George Washington in the press room. President Obama greeted every athlete individually before addressing us as a group. Both he and the First Lady have an impressive and commanding presence. I really enjoyed their speeches.

On the Move

The next day, I flew home where I kept the excitement going by competing in the Waterville Valley Pond Skim. A Pond Skim is a hydroplane on skis across a long pool of water. I was able to make it across the pool, but Chris, the Chief Executive of the Waterville Valley skiing resort, came up a few yards short and took a drink. He didn’t seem to mind too much.

For my next trip, I attended the JDRF Indiana Promise Ball Fundraiser. The event benefits type 1 diabetes research and was a lot of fun.

In between all these trips I am trying to rest up to start training again in May. I will be racing full force next year with my eyes set on the World Championships in Falun, Sweden.