Just when you even though it was safe to go back again in the h2o devoid of winding up in a race with Michael Phelps, the Olympic hero is set to check his mettle once yet again. This time, even though, Phelps will be putting his aquatic prowess up in opposition to his most harmful opponent yet: a wonderful white shark.

Hey, he has very little remaining to prove in opposition to mere human beings, right? But now in retirement, Phelps does have to have to parlay his famous athletic occupation into high-profile gigs of many kinds, and so it is that he will star in this year’s installment of Discovery’s “Shark Week.”

Here is the breathless blurb about the cable channel’s “Great Gold vs. Great White” occasion, from Thursday’s news release regarding its preferred yearly shark-stravaganza, set to air in late July:

“They are one of the quickest and most successful predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our finest winner to ever get in the h2o: Michael Phelps. 39 environment records. 23 Olympic golds.

“But he has one opposition remaining to earn. An occasion so monumental no one has ever attempted it ahead of. The world’s most embellished athlete will take on the ocean’s most successful predator: Phelps V Shark – the race is on!”

It is really not clear accurately how Phelps, who turns 32 later this month, will be racing the wonderful white. For occasion, will it be a freestyle race, or it’s possible butterfly stroke? In any occasion, this is hoping there is more separating Phelps from his foe than just some floating lane markers.

Phelps lately provided a probable preview of what to assume, when he posted a image demonstrating a wonderful white passing ominously by a diving cage. “I was capable to do some thing that I had often desired to do,” Phelps said.

If that were not more than enough enjoyment, Phelps will also understand “how to remain calm when a hammerhead swims two ft over his face,” in accordance to Discovery. That is part of an academic excursion with the Bimini Shark Lab, whose staffers “dispel the myths and frequent misconceptions” about the predatory fish, which evidently failed to contain all the approaches that racing them tends to be a getting rid of proposition.

Of training course, Phelps-associated programming would make up just a tiny part of “Shark Week.” Here are some titles to which viewers have to search ahead:

“Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins”

Sounds like some people will be glued to their screens like so several remoras. As for Phelps, most effective of luck snatching victory from the Jaws of defeat!


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