Special Guest - Gary Hall, Jr.
Gary Hall Jr. is the fastest swimmer in United States history and in organized competition worldwide; he is a three-time Olympian, ten-time Olympic medalist (5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze), American record-holder, and hero to millions of swimmers and diabetes patients. In the 2004 Athens games, at the age of 29, Gary was the oldest American male swimmer to compete in the Olympics since Duke Kahanamoku in 1924. He is the second most decorated Olympian of all-time, tied with Carl Lewis, and joined his father, Gary Hall, Sr., as the only father/son duo in Olympic history in any sport to compete in three Olympics each.
Born on September 26, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gary comes from a long line of swimmers. His father, Gary Hall, Sr., was a three-time Olympian (1968, 1972, 1976) and was the American flag bearer at the opening ceremonies at the 1976 Montreal Games -— the last swimmer to be so honored. Gary's uncle, Charles Keating III, was also a member of the Olympic swim team in 1976 as a breaststroker. His grandfather, Charles Keating Jr. was an All American and national champion swimmer in the 1940s.
Gary is also known for his work in the diabetes community. Diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, in 1999, Gary tests his blood sugar 10 to 12 times per day and relies on insulin as his life support. He is committed to raising awareness of diabetes throughout the world. As his press conference following his 50-meter freestyle swim at the United States Olympic Trials, Gary's endocrinologist, Dr. Anne Peters, joined him on the dais and told the assembled media, "I think he's amazing. He's a role model for all people with diabetes. If you pay attention and work at it, you can actually live your dreams and do anything you want to."
Outside the pool, Gary travels the world, passionately sharing his love for the sport of swimming and his experiences living with diabetes with children, parents, coaches, doctors and executives. He serves as the national spokesperson for BD Diabetes Care and the BD Diabetes Makeover. Long after Gary retires from swimming, he plans to continue promoting the sport and providing motivation to people with diabetes.
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