Phelps v. Shark: A Fishy Tale
July 25th, 2017
As part of its popular “Shark Week” programming, The Discovery Channel challenged Phelps to a race in “Phelps v. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy.” Naturally, people were hyped.
If you think I'm gong to spend my Sunday night watching Michael Phelps race a shark then you're right that's exactly what I'm doing.
— Caroline (@carrie_liz_26) July 23, 2017
— gwill baby (@gracewilliams08) July 24, 2017
But when the time came for these two to face one another, many viewers were sorely disappointed.
Phelps would not be literally jumping in the ocean with a Great White.
Nor would a Great White be donning a swim cap and goggles in its lane in a pool.
Instead, Phelps faced a computer generated aquatic foe.
— Lindsey Barr (@simply_lindsey) July 24, 2017
People who were expecting this:
— Natali Trem (@tremnatali) July 24, 2017
Instead found this:
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
Still reeling from the collective sense of disappointment, viewers took another blow when Phelps, even aided by a wetsuit and a monofin, proved no match for the shark. In the simulated time trial Phelps came in second.
But there is still hope:
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017
And maybe said rematch could give viewers what they hoped for all along. A Phelps victory…
… and a side-by-side shot of the Olympian and the fearsome fish swimming together.