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Not a Joke: Michael Phelps is Going to Race a Great White Shark [VIDEO]

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Olympic hero Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove. He is a 23 time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and has recently retired from the sport. Many analysts guessed that the 31-year-old swimmer would eventually make a return to swimming, but I don’t think they had this race in mind when they made their predictions.

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Instead of pitting his aquatic powers against humans, which he’s proven are no real competition for him, he has opted for an vastly different opponent. Sure, this opponent lives in the water, too, but it’s …a Great White shark.

With this year’s installment of Shark Week rapidly approaching, Phelps has agreed to race a Great White shark. As you might imagine, the specific details have yet to be determined.

Will the two be competing in a freestyle race? Perhaps a butterfly stroke? Regardless of how the two race, the event will surely draw a large crowd when it is aired on television in July.

Early reports indicate that the race will most likely be in the form of a time trail, with the two opponents racing in different bodies of water, for safety purposes.

The Discovery Channel released a blurb to hype the event that reads: “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!”

It’s safe to say that this one-of-a-kind event doesn’t need much publicity. Phelps will be a pivotal part of this year’s Shark Week after Discovery Channel announced he would be featured in a series of shows during the shark-infested week. One show will cover Phelps learning “how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face.”

Needless to say, we’ll be watching. Of course, to Phelps, this will just be another chapter in his future memoir written to chronicle a successful – and unique – life.