Friday - August 18th, 2017

Michael Phelps will race great white for Shark Week

After conquering everything that can be achieved in an Olympic swimming pool, Michael Phelps will take on his most dangerous challenge yet: racing a great white shark.

The 23-time Olympic gold medalist will participate in two separate programs to air during Shark Week this summer, the Discovery Channel announced Thursday.

In "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," the aquatics legend will race the carnivorous predator.

Great white sharks are able to reach a top speed of 26 mph in short bursts, so the smart money is on the fish - and offshore betting is bound to be huge.

Phelps will also swim with sharks in "Shark School with Michael Phelps," a program that aims to refute mistaken beliefs about the animal while teaching him "how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face."

"Phelps vs. Shark" debuts July 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET; "Shark School" airs July 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Related articles ALL ARTICLES
Praesent lectus orci

Michael Phelps sets more records en route to Rio

Michael Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals – set more records at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials by winning the 200m butterfly for a fourth straight time. He...