Michael Phelps to Race Great White for Shark Week

Michael Phelps to Race Great White for Shark Week

Michael Phelps to Race Great White for Shark Week

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most awarded athlete in the history of the Olympics, will compete against a shark in an episode of Shark Week, which will air on Discovery Channel in July.

Phelps, who holds 39 world records and 23 gold medals, will try his swimming speed against the shark in a details-undisclosed swimming battle.

Since winning all the gold medals isn't enough, super Olympian Michael Phelps has made a decision to prove himself once again. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win.

"An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before", the network's statement says. The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark - the race is on! The terms of the race haven't been announced yet but they probably won't be swimming in an Olympic sized pool.

Compared to Phelps whose his size 14 feet, dubbed as human flippers, along with his larger-than-average sized hands that give him the privilege over his human competitors, the sharks have millions of years of evolutionary advantage... and gills.

Great white sharks can reach speeds of 25 mph, while Phelps' top speed is six miles per hour.

There are other factors in play though.

Humans have been no match for the 23-time Olympic gold medalist.