Olympic Swimmer Has Cancer

US breaststroker Shanteau putting off testicular surgery until after Beijing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 4:11 PM CDT
Eric Shanteau swims in the men's 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries at the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., on July 2.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – US Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau has testicular cancer, he tells the AP, but will put off surgery to compete in next month's Beijing Games. Shanteau, 24, unexpectedly locked in the 200-meter breaststroke July 3—just days after he was given the diagnosis. "I made the team, so I had a hard decision," he said. "But, by no means am I being stupid about this."

Shanteau will be monitored closely and vows to withdraw if the situation worsens. He got a pep talk from the agent of cyclist Lance Armstrong, who beat the same cancer to win the Tour de France seven times. "If I can have a fraction of the impact that he's had, just a tiny little bit, then I think what I'm going through will be good," Shanteau said.