You might remember the story of Shanteau. He went to the Olympics in Beijing to compete, having postponed cancer treatment in order to do so. He'll admit to being a bit distracted during the games, but who can really blame him? Cancer isn't exactly akin to a mild headache or a nagging cough, you know. Since returning home, Shanteau underwent surgery -- which successfully removed the cancer -- and rehabbed for many weeks before finally returning to competition this past weekend.
In Atlanta, Shanteau finished second in the 200-yard individual medley -- to American record-holder Ryan Lochte, whom you should remember from the Olympics -- in the U.S. Short Course Nationals. He set a personal best in this event, and also set a personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke. Of the whole experience, though, the times in each individual race took a backseat to the journey itself.
Cancer is Not Enough to Stop Olympic Swimmer Eric Shanteau originally appeared on FanHouse Back Porch on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 11:55:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.