Cancer is Not Enough to Stop Olympic Swimmer Eric Shanteau

This past weekend, Eric Shanteau returned to the pool after kicking testicular cancer to the curb, and he did the same to most of the other swimmers against whom he was competing.

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.

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