August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Bryan on Scouting

By the time Eric Shanteau first put on a Cub Scout uniform, he had already been swimming for five years.

As he got older, Shanteau, who learned to swim at age 3, found a way to keep both of these parallel lives afloat.

He balanced a successful Scouting career that culminated in the Eagle Scout award (in 1999) with an elite swimming career that has led him to spots on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming team.

On top of all that, Shanteau is a cancer survivor. A week before the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Thankfully, he’s now in remission and works with the Lance Armstrong Foundation to promote cancer awareness.

Before Shanteau left for London to compete in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay (details below), I chatted with him by phone.

In our conversation, Shanteau reveals how he balanced Scouting and swimming…

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