Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to race Great White on Shark Week

19 June, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Shark week is going to feature a man vs. shark race, pitting the Olympian against a Great White.

Phelps will appear in two specials, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs Great White" and "Shark School with Michael Phelps". An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. Great White, the retired athlete will take on the ocean's most efficient predator in a competition of speed. "39 world records. 23 Olympic golds", reads Discovery's description. No word has been released on what stroke the swimmer will use in his battle against the shark.

The week of shark-related fun will begin on Sunday, July 23.

Phelps confessed his love of Sharks in a YouTube video released this week. Great White, which seems about right for how ridiculous this is. With that in mind, let's get ready for Michael Phelps and something which is most definitely not the Olympics.

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We don't quite know what happened during the race - whether it was a 100 metre dash or a possible medley.

In fact, Phelps has already hit the water with sharks - well, he went inside a cage near them - and couldn't wait to share the experience with his Instagram followers.

Will this race be the final say in what species is best? For now, we're betting on the shark winning the race based on current data, but points are due for Phelps for being a great sport despite him probably losing this one. "I wanted to come back and finish my career how I wanted and this was the cherry on top of the cake".

The program is a part of Discovery's Shark Week, a show that they run annually to give us humans a sneak peek into the marine world. His fastest recorded swim speed, according to ESPN, is 6 miles per hour.

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