Cross country skier Freeman in a bind
October 17. 2013 8:52PM
When Concord native Kris Freeman was cut from the U.S. cross country ski team earlier this year, he lost his health insurance as well.
Freeman, a three-time Olympian who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the 2002 Winter Olympics, had been receiving insurance subsidized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. According to a story in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, Freeman has been on COBRA since he was removed from the team.
Freeman, 33, wears a tubeless insulin pump called the OmniPod that adheres to his skin and delivers insulin so he does not have to inject it.
In addition to his health-care costs, Freeman will have to pay for much of his training and travel expenses leading up to next year's Olympics.
Sponsorships will cover some of Freeman's costs. The Wall Street Journal story said that his five sponsorship deals are worth about $10,000.
Freeman did not achieve a ranking high enough on the international cross country skiing circuit last year to earn an automatic spot on the U.S. team. He won 50-kilometer national championships in 2011 and 2012.