Jake Gibb: Olympian, testicular cancer survivor


"2011 was the hardest year of my life, hands down."That's how Jake Gibb, professional beach volleyball player, describes in the below video how he overcame testicular cancer last year while pursuing his dream of going to the London Olympics.Gibbs was initially diagnosed after a drug test found elevated hormone levels in his blood. The abnormal screen wasn't due to steroids, though, but from testicular cancer. Gibbs underwent surgery to remove the cancer (chemotherapy wasn't needed) and recovered quickly enough to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. The Washington Post has more on his amazing journey through cancer, fatherhood and the 2012 Olympics here.What makes his story more incredible is that for such a rare cancer, Gibbs isn't alone. Eric Shanteau, another testicular cancer survivor, competed in the 2008 games soon after his diagnosis (Olympian Postpones Treatment to Compete) and will be eyeing a medal in the 400-meter medley relay on Friday.

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