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Eric Shanteau is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Eric Shanteau qualified for his second Olympic team by finishing second in the 100m breaststroke at Olympic Trials. Later in the week he was favored to earn a spot in the 200m breaststroke — what he thought was his better event — but Scott Weltz and Clark Burckle upset both Shanteau and Brendan Hansen to make the team.

Eric Shanteau failed to place in his one event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics — the 200m breaststroke — but the following year his career took off. The Georgia native set a world record with the U.S. 400m medley relay ream en route to winning gold, placed second in the 200m breaststroke and finished third in the 200m IM — all at the 2009 World Championships. At the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships, Shanteau swam to third place in the 200m breaststroke. Shanteau won gold with the 400m medley relay team at the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai.

After the 2008 Olympic Trials, Shanteau revealed that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer just a week before competing. Shanteau didn't share the news with any of his teammates or coaches, deciding instead to focus on qualifying. After making the Beijing squad he talked with his medical team and decided to postpone the necessary surgery until after the Games so he could swim. "If I didn't make the team, the decision would have been easy: Go home and have the surgery," Shanteau told The Associated Press. "I made the team, so I had a hard decision. But, by no means am I being stupid about this."

During his miraculous 2009 comeback, Shanteau said he bulked up and felt stronger then he ever had. "I don't know what cancer did to me but I put on probably 10 pounds of muscle and got a lot stronger in the weight room and during our dry-land stuff," he said. Shanteau noted he did not take any medication during his treatment.

In the summer of 2006, Shanteau spent two months training in Austin at Longhorn Aquatics, then returned to Auburn to finish college. He then relocated to Austin permanently, for the training program and "life in general," because he says the town has something for everyone. However, Shanteau decided in early 2011 to move to California and train under coach Dave Salo at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A number of other top-level swimmers, including breaststroker Rebecca Soni, also swim there.

Shanteau graduated from Auburn with a degree in entrepreneurship and family business and says he wants to own a boat store on a lake someday. His family has a house on Lake Lanier in Georgia, and he enjoys wakeboarding there in his off time.

Shanteau was the first American to win both the 200m and 400m IM at the World University Games, setting a meet record in the 200m IM. Shanteau became the third fastest American of all time, behind Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, in the 200m IM at the 2006 U.S. National Championships. In the race he recorded the fastest 50m breaststroke split in the history of the event.

Although he used to be superstitious, Shanteau is more relaxed now. When he was younger he would wear the same boxers, eat the same meal at a certain time and get in the water a certain amount of time before each race. He said the routine eventually became more stressful than helpful, and now he's mellow but "in an intense kind of way."


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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: October 1, 1983
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 174 lbs.
Birthplace: Snellville, GA
Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Current Residence: Marina del Rey, CA

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