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Anger As 'Michael Phelps Vs. Shark' Wasn't Even A Real Shark

Anger As 'Michael Phelps Vs. Shark' Wasn't Even A Real Shark

I was just wondering, will there ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark?

Gareth Keenan, 2001

 

Michael Phelps must have been a fan of The Office.

16 years later, the Discovery Channel have answered the question - sort of.  As part of the channel's 'Shark Week' they advertised (heavily) a race between a great white shark and Phelps. This promo video in particular is priceless.

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Sadly for those who tuned in, they didn't get what they hoped for.

After an hour's buildup to the race that included the swimmer and a digital shark competing in a 50-metre pool, viewers were ready for the main event.

Phelps did indeed 'race' a shark in the open water, but it was a digital version, and fans were not impressed.

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The shark would win the race by two seconds, but the event was deemed as flop. Could we really have expected Phelps to safely race a great white shark? The insurance premiums would have been astronomical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydo7uyA1noA

Daniel Kelly

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