Who is Eric Shanteau?

July 11, 2008

Meet Eric Shanteau, a swimmer headed to the Beijing Olympic games. See photos, video and a biography of Eric below.

Eric Shanteau, who made the U.S. Olympic swim team in the 200 meter breaststroke at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska last week, told the Associated Press that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer a week before the trials.

Upon the urging of his girlfriend, Shanteau went to see a doctor after he found an abnormality. Originally it was thought that it was probably just a benign cyst, but upon further testing and an ultrasound, it looked more serious, and he went to see a specialist. He was told he had cancer on June 19th. Doctors found that the cancer was treatable and has not spread, so he was given the go ahead to compete at the trials. Now that he has made the team, he has decided to wait until after the Olympics to have surgery. He will be closely monitored in the following months, and if the cancer has spread, he will drop from the Olympic team.

“If I didn’t make the team, the decision would have been easy: Go home and have the surgery,” Shanteau said. “I made the team, so I had a hard decision. But, by no means am I being stupid about this.”

As a biography, Eric Shanteau was born on October 1, 1983 in Snellville, Georgia. He attended Parkview High School and graduated in 2002. While at Parkview, he became the first male to have a 4.0 GPA and a National Title, he was also a three time All-American. He went on to Auburn University, where he majored in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. He graduated from the school in 2006. While at Auburn, he was the co-team captain during the 2005-2006 season, was an 11-time All-American, a U.S. National A Team Member from 2005-2006, was a gold medal winner twice in the 200 IM and 400 IM at the 2005 World University Games and a silver medal winner during the 2003 World University Games.

You can see a full list of Shanteau’s career stats here.

Click below for more photos and video of Eric Shanteau.

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