Michael Phelps Didn’t Actually Race A Shark And Fans Are Steamed
OK, so when Discovery Channel first announced that Michael Phelps would be racing a shark to kick off Shark Week, no doubt some dumb people thought that he would be in the same water as a real shark. As for myself, I figured that it might be a tank with some sort of partition, or separate races in the same water, later put together.
But turns out it was a simulated shark. And Phelps lost. People were underwhelmed.
Michael Phelps did not actually race a great white shark. Related: Donald Trump did not actually build a wall or have a real healthcare plan
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) July 24, 2017
— David Wuebben (@DavidWuebben1) July 24, 2017
Phelps lost to the video game shark, 36.1 seconds to 38.13 seconds over 100 meters, as the shark covered the final 10 meters of the "race" in about one second. NBC:
The 23-time Olympic champion was not in the race water at the same time as a shark on “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” which aired on Discovery Channel on Sunday night.
Instead, experts determined the speeds and movements of sharks for hypothetical races. Then, Phelps dove into open water off South Africa alone with a monofin and swam to a buoy earlier this year.
Disappointing. If Phelps wants to race a different simulated creature in the future, let's save us all some time.
— TIME (@TIME) July 19, 2017
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