What do you do when you’re the fastest human swimmer and the most successful Olympian on the planet? You start challenging other species.
Retired Olympic great Michael Phelps is helping to celebrate Discovery’s Shark Week with a one-on-one challenge against one of the ocean’s most formidable swimmers, the great white shark.
Discovery recently issued a press release, dubbing the bi-species swim meet that will air in July as “Great Gold vs Great White,” but not releasing much else in the way of details.
“An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before,” the release reads. “The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator.”
As to how the “race” is going to look, you can bet that the 31-year-old father of one isn’t going to be in an Olympic pool with the predator, even if that might give him a slight home-court advantage. Because–Spoiler!–even on his best day, Phelps can swim just under 10 kph, while great whites can top speeds of 40 kph. It’s not exactly fair competition, but it’s sure to be interesting.
Phelps did give fans a look at some of his interaction with the creatures on his social media.
Apparently this is something he’d always wanted to do…shark tanks aren’t on everyone’s bucket list, but there you go.
Shark Week starts on July 23 on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 PM ET/PT and continues through Sunday, July 30, with Phelps and all of his 36 abs appearing on both the opening and closing day of programming.