Michael Phelps Will Race Great White Shark for ‘Shark Week’

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps Lionel Hahn/AbacaUSA/startraksphoto.com

His greatest rival yet! The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, will be racing a great white shark for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

The Discovery Channel announced in a press release on Thursday, June 15, that the 31-year-old swimmer, who holds 39 world records, will race the predator in a race titled “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs Great White.” According to Discovery, the event “is so monumental that no one has attempted it before.”

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps Lionel Hahn/AbacaUSA/startraksphoto.com

The 23-time gold medalist has been training for the dangerous showdown, and he took to Instagram on Saturday, June 10, to share his excitement. “I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do,” he captioned the pic of his cold-blooded competitor. “Be in a cage and dive with great white sharks!! #Bucketlist.”

Few details have been provided about the nature of the race, but one thing remains certain — Phelps is ready to meet his match in the sea!

The seasoned athlete shared a photo on Instagram when filming wrapped, thanking Discovery Channel for the experience. “What a trip!!! Dream come true. Thank’s y’all!!!” he captioned the pic.

What a trip!!! Dream come true. Thanks y'all!!!

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Phelps vs. Shark airs Sunday, July 23, at 8 p.m. E.T. on Discovery. Shark Week kicks off an hour earlier at 7 p.m. E.T. 

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