Inspirational 2012 Gold Medal Olympian and Cancer Survivor
Why Eric Shanteau?
You want to experience the trials and triumphs of a world class athlete who beat the odds to become an Olympic gold medalist.
Your audience will be mesmerized by his controversial story of perseverance and overcoming cancer.
Learn his life lessons on how the power of a positive mind set can help you rise from good to great to the best.
Fee Range:(BELOW $10,000)
About Eric Shanteau
By the age of 10 Eric Shanteau was already dreaming about swimming for Team USA on the world's biggest stage. After narrowly missing the 2004 Olympic Team, Shanteau's dream was realized when he qualified to swim the 200 meter breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Games. However, unbeknownst to his teammates and coaches, Shanteau had been diagnosed with testicular cancer just 10 days before qualifying for the Olympic Team.
Shanteau became one of the most popular stories of the 2008 Olympics as he swam his way to a personal best time while his body battled cancer. Six days after returning from Beijing Shanteau began his treatment for cancer, and that is when he did the impossible.
Shanteau not only beat cancer, but returned to the water faster than ever. Less than a year after battling the disease he shattered records and became a World Champion.With a new perspective on life and the sport of swimming, Shanteau would spend the next three years at the top of the world ranks. Then, after qualifying for his second Olympic team, all of Shanteau's dreams came true when he won a gold medal at the 2012 London Games as a member of the 4x100 medley relay.
Shanteau is the true embodiment of resilience and perseverance. After his diagnosis he joined the fight against cancer by becoming a LIVESTRONG global envoy. He travels the country promoting awareness and straight, open talk about cancer. Shanteau combined his passion for the water with his humanitarian work when he started an open water swimming event benefiting LIVESTRONG. Since 2010 thousands of participants have joined dozens of Olympic swimmers to raise money for those currently battling cancer.
His story of overcoming adversity while competing at the highest level of sport continues to inspire millions of people worldwide.
From the Summer League to the Summer Games: Achieving the Top 1% Eric Shanteau's journey from neighborhood swim meets to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics is nothing short of astounding. Shanteau shows audiences how to work smarter and what it takes to not only improve, but how to become the best of the best. A cancer survivor who went on to become one of the best swimmers in the world, Shanteau reveals his methods as he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Keeping My Head Above Water: Resilience in the Face of Adversity Eric Shanteau's cancer diagnosis was one of the biggest stories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shanteau takes his audience on a journey from the harsh reality of a cancer diagnosis all the way back to an Olympic gold medal. The ability to persevere under any circumstance is a quality Shanteau has had the opportunity to test time and again. In this presentation Shanteau will demonstrate the power of a positive mind set and attitude in his ability to always find the silver lining.