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For a swimmer who has won 23 gold medals at the Olympics, Michael Phelps is unquestionably awesome in a body of water.

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But what happens when the icon races head-to-head with a shark?

No one knows, which is part of the allure of an event pegged to the Discovery Channel’s upcoming “Shark Week.”

Called “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” the swimmer will take on a shark, and it is sure to be a ratings draw when it airs on July 23. But the exact details of the race have yet to be unveiled.


Will Phelps face the shark in a pool? An open body of water? Will Boomer (Phelps’ son) be there to cheer him on? All good questions, of which no one knows the answer–yet.

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But Phelps himself is certainly getting acquainted with the species. Last week, he posted on Instagram that he scoped out the competition.

“I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks 🦈!!” Phelps wrote.

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