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Eric Shanteau – Champion

This is something else. Good on him for sticking to his dream, but I hope he is responsible and gets back to get treatment ASAP.

Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau, of Lilburn, is heading to Beijing with a startling diagnosis: He has cancer.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Shanteau said he learned just a week before the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., that he has testicular cancer. His doctors cleared him to compete in that meet and he surprisingly made the team in the 200-meter breaststroke, finishing second ahead of former world-record holder and heavy favorite Brendan Hansen.

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