Michael Phelps Loses 'Race' Against Great White Shark
July 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrives for the 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps raced a shark as part of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and lost.

This just in: Michael Phelps is beatable. The 28-time Olympic medalist raced against a shark on Sunday night as part of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Phelps raced against a great white shark as part of the special “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.” However, the race was as real as Sharknado as Phelps didn’t race an actual shark. He raced a simulated one.

The Olympic swimmer swam alone, time trial style, and when the race was shown he was matched with a computer-generated shark that simulated a real shark’s speed, according to Victor Mather of the New York Times.

So wait a minute. Did Phelps race an actual shark? All of the hype about this race was about Phelps racing a shark and he didn’t even race one. We got robbed. What the hell, Discovery Channel? Why didn’t you have Phelps race an actual shark? Was it because u thought it might attack him?

“Clearly, we can’t put Michael in one lane and a shark in the far lane. We have to do simulation,” Dr. Tristan Guttridge told Samantha Schnurr of E! News. “We’ll use our speed data that we’ve [collected] in all our testing.”

“The whole point is to get people excited about sharks,” Laurie Goldberg, a spokeswoman for Discovery Channel told Mather. “The idea was, is it possible to get the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a shark? In the first two minutes of the show, we make it clear we were not going to make it side by side.”

The shark ended up winning the race even though Phelps was faster than the shark. The Olympic swimmer even demanded a rematch.

Phelps wasn’t the only one the wasn’t happy after the race as fans tweeted their frustration that Phelps didn’t race an actual shark.





So Discovery Channel, how about u have Phelps race an actual shark? You owe us that.

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