Nordic Nation: Freeman, A Sample Size of One (Updated Edition)

Jason AlbertJune 20, 2017

This Nordic Nation episode has some old and new content. From the start until just after 33 minutes in, our interview with Kris Freeman, of Team Freebird and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, was conducted last August. The after part, from 33 minutes on — that’s all new. It’s from an interview with Freeman last Wednesday, June 14.

Here’s what we wrote about Freeman when we originally posted his audio interview:

“Few athletes remain at the top end of endurance for five years, let alone a single decade. New Hampshire native Kris Freeman, at 36, has been chasing fast times and fast skiers around cross-country ski loops for 16 years as a professional.

For much of that time, Freeman was a staple on the men’s US Ski Team (USST). He posted the best results for a US skier in over two decades when he was fourth twice, in 2003 and 2009, at World Championships. (Both results were in the 15 k classic.)

Type 1 Diabetes is not something one associates with four-time Olympians. Yet Freeman has dispelled the physiological odds of a diabetes diagnosis at the age of 20. Flagged for blood sugar anomalies as a U.S. Ski Team Development skier during a routine blood test, Freeman and his tight-knit cadre of coaches and endocrinologists have been managing his disease ever since.”

Kris Freeman (Team Freebird) out on course during the men’s SuperTour 10 k classic individual start in February 2016 in Craftsbuty, Vermont. (Photo: John Lazenby/

None of that has changed. At the end of this May, Freemen penned an op-ed for FasterSkier, in which he expressed his thoughts about the USST team-nomination process. In addition, since the 2017/2018 USST national-team announcement, U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team’s Head Coach Chris Grover spoke to FasterSkier and later wrote a blog post about this year’s nominations. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association also recently published its selection criteria for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Always a straight talker, our new interview with Freeman gets his take on the Olympic selection criteria and the response he received for his op-ed.

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Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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