Andover’s Freeman, 57th in Sochi 50k, mulls his future
Kris Freeman, a four-time Olympian from Andover, entered the 50-kilometer mass start freestyle cross-country ski race as an alternate for an ill teammate and finished in 57th place in 1:59:46.7, about 13 minutes behind a Russian podium sweep. After the race, Freeman, 33, spoke about his future in a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association press release.
“Well, I didn’t find out I was racing until (Saturday) evening. The coaches and I had decided that I was too tired to race, so we were going to let the other guys go. But then two of them got sick. So I put a bib on and did the best I could.
“Because of where I’d been I didn’t have high expectations going into today. I’m disappointed with the results I’ve had at the Olympics. Today I went out and I skied as fast as I could and that’s what I’m here to do.
“I think Noah (Hoffman, who finished 26th) was only a minute-something out and that’s pretty good. He’s put up two World Cup wins this year in stages. He’s coming up rapidly and I think in four years he’s going to be something to watch.
“I don’t know where I’ll be in four years. I would like to still be racing in two years, but if I’m racing like this, I won’t be. I will definitely race next year and if I don’t come back into form next year, that will be it.”