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Eric Shanteau

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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. 


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