Waterville Valley Resort steps in to support local Olympic hero
Waterville Valley Resort just announced that 3-time Olympian Kris Freeman is joining the Waterville Valley Resort family as their newest Nordic racing instructor.
The resort released the following media statement:
After reading about Kris’s funding being cut by the US Ski Team in last week’s Wall Street Journal article, Waterville Valley Resort owner and general manager Chris Sununu made the immediate decision to step up and help out a local hero.
Kris will continue to train throughout the ski season in preparation for his fourth Olympic appearance for the United States at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As a competitor on the world stage for more than a decade, Kris excels in long distances, winning a World Championship in the 30km, and he is the reigning National Champion in the 50km, which he has won three straight years.
Despite Kris’s recent national achievements, his international ranking did not earn him an
‘automatic’ spot on the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s team. With the US Ski Team choosing to develop younger athletes, Kris was bumped from the program even though he remains top ranked in USSA points.
After Sununu read about Kris’s funding being cut by USSA, he immediately stepped in to hire Kris, utilize his talents, and keep his health care benefits intact while he trains.
Kris said, “I began skiing at Waterville Valley when I was four years old. When I grew up, I moved as close to the mountain as I could because it is still my favorite place in the world
to ski. I am grateful to Waterville Valley for running such an awesome facility and for all
of their support.”
After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000, Kris became a pioneer in sports
medicine as he continued to race at the highest level with an insulin pump. Constant
calibrations are needed to accommodate different climates, altitudes, stresses and
fatigue. Every race is an experiment as he continues to break ground for athletes with
“There was no question for us about helping out a local hero like Kris,” said Chris Sununu. “We are proud to have him on board to bring so much experience and knowledge to an already top notch staff. It’s no accident that Waterville Valley Resort is now home to both America’s greatest cross-country skier in addition to America’s greatest freestyle skier, Hannah Kearney. We’re looking forward to seeing them both bring medals from Sochi back to New Hampshire this winter.”