Episode 80

Ep. 80: Iron deficiency/Kris Freeman-Olympic cross country skier turned triathlete

In this episode:

Iron deficiency is a common concern amongst athletes but is it a commonly occurring problem in this group? I review iron metabolism, dietary sources and the evidence on how frequently iron deficiency is found in the athlete population. I also look at what is known about iron deficiency and athletic performance as well as whether or not there is any benefit to iron supplementation. Plus, an interview with former Olympic cross country skier Kris Freeman. Kris had tremendous success in a sport that is generally dominated by Europeans and he did it while being diagnosed and learning to manage type 1 diabetes. After his skiing career, Kris has turned to triathlon where he continues to have great success and is at the forefront of understanding his disease and how to manage it.


[6:11]- Iron deficiency in athletes

[26:35]- Interview with Kris Freeman


Mark Allen YouTube video

Kris on FaceBook

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Jeffrey Sankoff

Jeff Sankoff is an emergency physician, multiple Ironman finisher and the TriDoc. Jeff owns TriDoc Coaching and is a coach with LifeSport Coaching. Living in Denver with his wife and three children, Jeff continues to race triathlons while producing the TriDoc podcast.
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Maddy Pesch

Maddy is a professional triathlete and coach for Team Sirius. In 2020 she joined the TriDoc podcast as an indomitable intern and has an outsized role in preparing the information used in each episode's medical segment.