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Michael Phelps Is Going To Race A Literal Shark For This Year's 'Shark Week'

Michael Phelps Is Going To Race A Literal Shark For This Year's 'Shark Week'
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Updated 1 year ago

Michael Phelps is one of the fastest human beings in water, and he's got a record-holding 28 Olympic medals to prove it.

So when it comes to proving himself against other human beings, it's understandable if Phelps has a "been-there-done-that" attitude.

Which is probably why he's decided to race a shark.

That's right. In honor of Discovery Channel's much loved block of television, Shark Week, Michael Phelps will attempt to out-swim a shark.

It's not the first time Phelps has been in the water with sharks, however.

Discovery Channel hasn't released too much information on the race as of yet, just that it's definitely going down. Here's the official press release:

"They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. 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. 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! Produced by Peacock Productions." 

Humans have raced animals before in a variety of events. We don't have that great of a track record, though.

Do you think Phelps has what it takes to beat millions of years of evolution? Probably not, but I'm definitely tuning in. (h/t sports illustrated)

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