Eric Shanteau, Us Olympic Swimmer has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but still plans to compete in Olympics held in Bejing despite cancer diagnosis.
Eric Shanteau, an American swimmer has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but still plans to race at the Beijing Olympics 2008.
Shanteau qualified for a spot on the U.S. squad at last week’s Olympic trials in Omaha, finishing second in the 200 meters breaststroke behind Scott Spann. The top two finishers in each event at the U.S. trials secured Olympic positions.
Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau is off to compete in Beijing with a diagnosis of testicular cancer, and will delay his surgery until after he competes there, the 24-year-old Georgia native tells the Associated Press.
Eric Shanteau’s doctors approved his being in the Olympic trials in Omaha, where he made the team in the 200-meter breaststroke, having finished second ahead of former world-record holder (and presumptive winner) Brendan Hansen.
“Talk about a life-changing experience,” said Shanteau, whose initial reaction to his diagnosis was disbelief. “That’s as big a one as you can have, I think. You’re changed for the rest of your life. The few people I’ve talked to who’ve gone through this ““ and they’re all much, much older than I am ““ say I’ll know that even more in 10 years.”
Eric Shanteau will be closely monitored this month and will drop out of the Olympics should his cancer appear to be spreading.
“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.”
It will be the first Olympics for Shanteau after narrowly missing out on the Athens Olympics with third place finishes in the 200 and 400m medley at the 2004 U.S. trials.
Sad news but we wish Eric Shanteau the best, in his Olympic swimming as well as his cancer battle.
See Eric Shanteau in the Olympic trials, breaststroke here.