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Cross country skier Freeman in a bind


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.
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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.
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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.
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