Michael Phelps Tells All On His RACE With A Great White Shark

Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” will include requests to support Oceana an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation. The opening lineup July 23 includes “Phelps vs. Shark Great Gold vs. Great White,” with Olympian Michael Phelps testing

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is preparing to race a great white shark on Sunday 23 July for this year's Shark Week and in his terrifying pre-race training, the 32-year-old got up close to one of the predators in a cage dive and swam in open water with a 13-ft hammerhead shark.

The great swimmer Michael Phelps may have met his match. Heavy will have the race results as soon as the race goes final.

But, Phelps was determined to geek out more over his love of sharks and team up with some professionals for an "intense" race with Shark Week for Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White. But his 6-miles-an-hour recorded swimming speed will likely not succeed against a great white shark, which can swim 10 miles per hour on average and 35 mph at top speed. Meanwhile, the shark's top speed would be right around 24 miles per hour. Instead, they raced in the same ocean water for 100 meters.

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He added: "The politics of "gotcha" are over". "You have to have a little bit of a thick skin if you are going to do this". He was mocked online for the move, which he said he revealed publicly in the interest of "full transparency".

The two did not race at the same time together as it would have been quite risky for Phelps to swim right next to a shark.

To kick off the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week, Phelps agreed to race a great white shark.

In addition to the difference in speed, Phelps also faced the challenge of swimming in a cold ocean as opposed to the warm pool. "Let's see who would win a race, '" he told EW. I guess now seeing the video, they were pretty massive sharks. Boringly, Phelps was flanked by 15 divers, there to protect him from the shark's gnashers. However, Phelps himself has indicated that he and the shark were not going to be in the water at the same time.

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