Michael Phelps Will Face His Greatest Competitor Yet — A Great White

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He’s won 23 Olympic gold medals in swimming, but can he beat a shark?  By Cara Spunk 

Michael Phelps has conquered Olympic swimming, but he is getting back into the water, for one more race, to see if he can beat a shark. The five-time Olympian will compete in a new special during Discovery’s Shark Week, Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White, on July 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT where he will face off against one of the ocean’s most terrifying inhabitants.

“He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win,” a press release from the network reads. “An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark — the race is on!”

Phelps will kick off Shark Week and also close it out on July 30 with another special, Shark School With Michael Phelps. Since retiring from the sport following the Rio Olympics last August, the 31-year-old has frequently shared photos from his new life on social media, including some of his experience filming these specials.

Earlier this week he shared a photo of a shark swimming next to a diving cage which was taken while he was here in South Africa. He captioned the snap, “I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks!! #bucketlist.”


His wife, Nicole Phelps, also shared a picture from the trip.

“What a week!!” she captioned a photo of the twosome with a large crew. “Loved watching @m_phelps00 learn, swim and wrestle with sharks!! #sharkweek #welovesharks.”


Originally published on menshealth.com

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