Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Michael Phelps to race an actual shark

Michael Phelps to race an actual shark

As if the announcement itself weren't enough to get viewers excited, Discovery's statement bills the aquatic showdown as a must-see event: "They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks".

Eli Roth will take on the role of Shark Week host. So to compare Michael and his 23 Olympic golds, along with 39 world records, to your average shark doesn't seem quite fair. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps.

In particular, according to the program presented on Discovery's official Facebook page, Phelps VS Shark will be presented on June 23rd.

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But instead of thrashing humans in a swimming race, Phelps has chose to take on a much more risky opponent: A Great White shark. The release announcing this event didn't offer many details or specifics aside from saying that Phelps "has one competition left to win".

Looking at the numbers, Phelps won't have much of a chance.

Great white sharks can reach speeds of 25 mph, while Phelps' top speed is six miles per hour.

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Phelps, who holds the most records of any other living swimmer, has clocked speeds of 6mph at most.

Shark Week is an annual, week-long shark-based TV programming block which airs on Discovery Channel devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks.

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