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Gary Hall Jr.

February 9, 2008 |  9:16 pm


Gary Hall Jr. has represented the United States in international swimming competition for 16 years, racing in three Olympics and earning 10 medals. This experience built a global network of media, corporate and political contacts that came to his support when he was diagnosed with Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes. Gary has served as a diabetes advocate and consultant to some of the largest companies in the diabetes industry, including Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan division, Novo Nordisk, BD Medical and Eli Lilly & Co. He has testified before Congress on current healthcare issues, campaigned for diabetes awareness and headed patient outreach programming, education initiatives and fundraising efforts for important diabetes research. Hall currently serves as the director of  business development for B2d Marketing, a leader in business-to-doctor marketing and business development.

In this Aug. 20, 2004 file photo, Gary Hall, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Hall Jr. claims the sport of swimming has its share of doping cheats just like baseball and track and field. He said so before Olympic breaststroker Jessica Hardy tested positive for a banned stimulant. But others seem to believe a culture of fair play has allowed swimming to avoid the scandals that have damaged other sports. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)