Gary Hall Jr. is a swimmer who comes from a legacy of incredible swimmers. His mother was nationally ranked, and his father, Gary Hall Sr., is a three-time Olympic medalist and former record holder. In 2000 he began his own Olympic career, representing the U.S. in Atlanta, taking home two individual silver medals and two team gold medals in relays he would help set records in.
A year before the Summer 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
But he didn’t let that stop him. He went on to win a a gold and bronze medal in individual races, and a gold and silver team medals in relays. And he didn’t stop there. 4 years later, at 29 he won two more medals, one gold and one bronze, at the 2004 Athens games.
In the video below, Gary Hall Jr. opens up about his diagnoses, what it’s like to compete while managing his disease, and how he’s learned to stay positive with a chronic illness.
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