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Gold Medalist Michael Phelps to Face-off Against Great White Shark

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps may have 23 gold medals, but he may want to leave those at home in his next competition. He just might be racing for his life.

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When you've won 23 gold medals there's really nothing left to do but race a shark


On July 23rd during Discovery Channel's "Shark Week", the olympian will actually race a great white shark. Here is the press release from Discovery Channel:

"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!"

Phelps was clocked in 2010 at 6 mph in the water, while a great white can reach speeds of up to 25 mph. There's no word if they will be swimming in the same pool or what incentive the shark will have to race, but it looks like Phelps did a little prep work getting to know his competition.

I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks

The shark will no doubt be an overwhelming favorite but if anyone can do it, Phelps can.

Check out a video of Michael Phelps' top races:

Top 5 Michael Phelps races.

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