Olympians with diabetes

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 | Swimming  


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 | Rowing

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 | Rowing


Living with type 1 diabetes, Michael Jelinski won Gold with his team at the 2008 Beijing games.



Chris Jarvis | Canada | Rowing

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, Chris Jarvis  competed in the 2004 Olympics and founded the charity "I Challenge Diabetes".



Pam 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 age 21. 


Pam Fernandes 



Barney Storey | Paralympic Cyclist | GBR

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 games. 




 Matthias Steiner | Germany | Weightlifter

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 | Volleyball 

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 gold. 




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 August! 




Matheus Santana | Brazil | Swimming


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 Games. 


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