Eric Shanteau is a 2008 Olympian and cancer survivor. Prior to competing in the Beijing
Olympics, Eric attended Auburn University where he won 4 SEC titles and 4 NCAA
titles in breaststroke. After
graduation Eric started training with Longhorn Aquatics in Austin, Texas,
becoming a world-class swimmer.
During the summer of 2008, Eric received startling news. Just one
week before the Olympic Trials, Eric was diagnosed with testicular
cancer. Even with the diagnosis, he competed at Olympic Trials where he
qualified for the 2008 Olympic team in the 200 breaststroke. Delaying
treatment, Eric stayed on the team in order to fulfill his dream of competing
in the Olympics.
Eric returned to the pool following surgery and solidified himself as a
world-class breaststroker. In Rome
at the World Championships, Eric broke the American Record in the 100 and 200
meter breaststroke. He also swam
the breaststroke leg of the 4 x 100 medley relay that won the gold medal and shattered
the World Record.
Currently, Eric lives in Marina del Ray, California where he trains
with the pro team at the University of Southern California under Dave Salo.