We always say that diabetes doesn't stop you from achieving your
dreams and leading a full life, but these athletes are proof!
Here is a list of people living with diabetes, past and present,
who have taken their chosen sport to the highest level.
Kris Freeman | US | Skiing
Kris Freeman was diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes in the year 2000. He represented the
United States in the 2010 and 2014 winter Olympics.
Gary Hall Jr. | US |
A true showman,Gary Hall Jr,
certainly didn't let type 1 hold him back, winning 10 medals at the
1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Steven Redgrave | GBR |
Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
during his competitive years, Steve won gold medals at 5
consecutive Olympic games from 1984 to 2000. Wow.
Michael Jelinski | Poland |
Living with type 1 diabetes, Michael
Jelinski won Gold with his team at the 2008 Beijing games.
Chris Jarvis | Canada |
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
at age 13, Chris Jarvis competed in the 2004
Olympics and founded the charity "I Challenge Diabetes".
Fernandes | USA | Cycling
Living with type 1 diabetes, Pam
Fernandes competed at both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney
Paralympic games. Pam is also legally blind, losing her sight at
Barney Storey | Paralympic Cyclist |
Barney (left) is living with
type 1 diabetes and rides as a sighted pilot for blind or vision
impaired athletes in tandem cycling events. He is a triple gold
medallist competing at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic
Matthias Steiner | Germany |
Diagnosed at 18 years old with
type 1 diabetes, Matthias Steiner went on to be a gold medallist at
the 2008 Beijing games at age 26.
Kevin Hansen | USA |
Kevin Hansen was diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes at age 10 and made his debut at the 2008
Beijing Olympics. The USA team went on to win
Barbara Jardin | Canada | Swimming
Barbara, living with type 1
diabetes, competed in the London 2012 games and came 10th overall.
Evita Leter | Suriname | Swimming
Competing in her first ever
Olympic games this year, Evita was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
just two years ago.
Catch her 100m Breastroke race on Sunday 7
Matheus Santana | Brazil |
Diagnosed at the age of 8, Matheus
was actually release from his team in 2013 due to fear his diabetes
would affect his ability to compete. He won Gold at the Youth
Olympic Games in 2014 and he is competing in the Rio