It’s hard to believe, I know, but there’s an inspiring story from the U.S. swim team that does not involve the juggernaut that is Michael Phelps (or the retired juggernaut that is Mark Spitz). It’s the story of Eric Shanteau, 24, of Lilburn, Ga.
He’s put off surgery for testicular cancer to compete in the Olympics, and he advanced in the 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries with a 2:10.29 Tuesday night Beijing time.
“It almost didn’t feel like the Olympic Games. That was probably good in a sense,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “You hype it up so much in your head and then you get out there and you’re like, ‘Wow, this is just another meet, I’m here to do the same thing. It’s no different.'”
The Michael Phelps show is back underway Wednesday, when he’ll compete in two more finals.