Just when you though it was safe to go back in the water without winding up in a race with Michael Phelps, the Olympic hero is set to test his mettle once again. This time, though, Phelps will be putting his aquatic prowess upÂ against his most dangerous opponent yet: a great white shark.
Hey, heÂ has nothing left to prove against mere humans, right? But now in retirement, Phelps does need to parlay his legendary athletic career into high-profile gigs of various sorts, and so it is that he will star in this yearâ€™s installment of Discoveryâ€™s â€œShark Week.â€
Here is the breathless blurb about the cable channelâ€™s â€œGreat GoldÂ vs. Great Whiteâ€ event, from Thursdayâ€™sÂ news releaseÂ regarding its popular annual shark-stravaganza, set to air in late July:
â€œThey 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.
â€œBut he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The worldâ€™s most decorated athlete takes on the oceanâ€™s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark â€” the race is on!â€
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