Fonzie jumped the shark, but Michael Phelps is going to race the shark. Sorry Fonzie, Olympic swimmer Phelps may have just replaced your measuring stick of ridiculous. Phelps currently holds 39 world records and has won 23 gold medals, making him one of the greatest swimmers to ever jump in the water. The great white shark, aka white death is arguably the greatest predator of the ocean (sorry killer whales), but not really known for its racing abilities though it can swim a hell of a lot faster than a man. A normal human can swim about 6 miles per hour while a great white can get up to speeds of about 30 miles per hour. Never mind that... Now the two area going to race each other for the Discovery Channel's upcoming Shark Week.
Phelps Vs. Shark: Great Gold Vs. Great White (really?) will finally pit the great race of man vs. fish on to cable television. The Discovery Channel says this about the event.
"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! Produced by Peacock Productions."
Discovery Channel definitely has a way with words and this is sure to be a hit for the already insanely popular Shark Week. The weeklong event is hosted by pop star Seal, the dude that sings "Kiss From a Rose."
Phelps has decided to jump, or race the shark after he announced his retirement from competitive swimming. Phelps took home 5 gold medals and 1 silver (c'mon, a silver?) during the Rio Olympics, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time by age of 31. To prepare for the event Phelps went cage diving with great white sharks. The swimmer posted a picture on to his Instargram account that shows a cage and a giant great white shark in clear waters with a caption that reads: "I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great white sharks."
Details are unclear at the moment, specifically the logistics of pulling a stunt like this off. Are they going to be in the same body of water, if so how will they be separated? Will Phelps be wearing a crazy wetsuit with Nascar-like sponsors all over it, or will it just be a standard Speedo? If it is a Speedo, how many corporate sponsors will fit on it? How will the shark be compensated? Hopefully we get answers to these burning questions soon.
Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White will debut on the Discovery Channel during Shark Week on July 23rd, 2017 at 8pm Eastern Time. Hopefully the race is better than the name of the show, but it's still way too early to make an assumption like that. Anyway, Phelps is going to race a shark in some kind of capacity and Discovery Channel better do this up right. The hype is strong with this one.