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Eric Shanteau, a Parkview grad, waves to the crowd prior to the Atlanta Falcons game on Monday night at the Georgia Dome. Shanteau was a member of the gold medal 400-meter medley relay team this summer. Nine Atlanta-area Olympians were honored before the game.
ATLANTA — Eric Shanteau and Amanda Weir received a loud applause from Atlanta Falcons fans before Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos.
The Gwinnett County products were recognized along with seven other Georgia Olympians from the 2012 London Olympics at the Georgia Dome.
"It's pretty incredible," Shanteau said. "It's cool to be able to do this here in Atlanta. Whenever the pro teams honor the Olympic athletes, it's pretty neat for us."
Shanteau, a Parkview grad, was a member of the gold medal 400-meter medley relay team this summer. He gained notoriety in 2008 when he postponed cancer treatment to participate in the 2008 games. Shanteau fought cancer to make the 2012 team and hasn't ruled out going for a third Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
"Talk to me towards the end of the year," he said. "Right now I'm just enjoying the break and going to things like this where I don't have to wake up at 6:30 the next morning and train."
Weir, a Brookwood grad, won a bronze medal on the 400-meter freestyle relay team this summer. It was the third Olympic medal for Weir, who won two silvers in 2004.
"I've never been to a Falcons game and I've been saying for a year I wanted to go and then all of the sudden I get invited to one," Weir said.
Shanteau and Weir were joined by Augusta's Reese Hoffa (bronze medal shot put), Albany's Angelo Taylor (silver 1,600-meter run relay), Marietta's Aries Merritt (gold 110-meter hurdles), Ellenwood's DeeDee Trotter (bronze 400-meter run), Tyrone's Christian Taylor (gold triple jump), Columbus' Vince Hancock (gold skeet) and Columbus State's Jamie Gray (gold three-position rifle).
"It's cool to see how many Olympians we have from Atlanta," Weir said. "I think it goes a long way for Atlanta pride."