Technically, two-time Olympian Eric Shanteau isn't retired. Although he has yet to file his paperwork with USA Swimming, the athlete knew that he was ready to begin a new phase of his life once the 2012 Games came to a close.
Shanteau won a gold medal as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team, but in an interview with USASwimming.com, the athlete said that his biggest accomplishment since hanging up his competition swimwear has been becoming a dad. Last October, Shanteau and his wife Jerri Moss (a former competitive swimmer herself) welcomed daughter Vaughn. The tot will soon be following in her parents' footsteps as they've already signed her up for her first swimming lessons.
While Shanteau said that he has no regrets about leaving the sport, he admitted that he still longs for it a bit.
"There are definitely aspects of the sport I miss, especially around championship meets," Shanteau told the website. "The rush of adrenaline and the camaraderie of friends around the pool deck are probably the things I miss most. Any high-level athlete will tell you there is always more to accomplish, but I achieved more than I ever dreamed in swimming."
Although he still finds time to swim recreationally, Shanteau is leading a pretty busy life these days. Along with being a dad, he works for a medical device company.
The athlete joked with the website that he hopes to hear the name "Shanteau" announced at a future swimming competition one day. For him? Of course not, he said. He's waiting for little Vaughn to become the next great swimmer.