It's Shark Week! This year's programming included a special called Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The premise of the show was that Michael Phelps would race a great white shark. What viewers saw was a little different:
Did you notice the change between what was promised and what was delivered? Producers apparently created a bait line to lure a great white into traveling 50 meters. Then Phelps, at a separate time, swam the same distance. He was wearing a monofin during the experiment to begin to put him on the same level as the shark, but he still lost to the great white by about three seconds. Phelps can out swim a hammerhead, but big deal. Everyone who tuned into Shark Week to watch Phelps literally race against a shark were pretty disappointed that they weren't doing it side by side:
Next on Discovery: could a white shark beat Michael Phelps in a footrace? We simulate a shark flopping agonizingly along a track to find out— Kellen (@RealKellenFrank) July 24, 2017
I get it. The stress of a race is knowing your competitors are flanking you. If one of those competitors is a very hungry predator, it would probably give you some motivation!