Gary Hall, Jr., Olympic Champion
Gary Hall, Jr. proved himself a champion yet again by winning Olympic gold in the 50 meter freestyle in the Athens summer games, retaining the title of the fastest swimmer in the world. We at Children with Diabetes offer him our most sincere congratulations.
Gary is as much a champion outside the games as he is at the games. In July 2004, Gary joined hundreds of families from around the US and the world at the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life summer conference, as he had twice before. Speaking with kids and teens, Gary talked about being diagnosed with diabetes and being told his swimming days were over. He talked about deciding not to listen to that advice, and deciding that he was going to continue swimming and was going to be a champion. Gary knew that diabetes would not stop him from achieving his goal of Olympic gold, and he shares his message of determination to succeed with kids and teens who also have type 1 diabetes -- and they love it. Gary's passion to win and his compassion for kids with diabetes are the mark of a true champion.
Like everyone living well with diabetes, Gary is not defined by diabetes. But his success certainly defies it. And that is inspiration for everyone.
-- Jeff Hitchcock
Gary Hall, Jr. cheering with kids at the CWD "Friends for Life: LA 2004" summer conference
Gary Hall, Jr., a champion ... with diabetes
August 22, 2004
Last Updated: Sunday August 22, 2004 16:28:30
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