Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took on a great white shark and we now know who the champion of the water is.. The Shark.
But, was the race legit?
Michael Phelps took on Shark Week 2017 by racing a great white shark on Discovery Channel. The 100-meter open water race took place in Cape Town, South Africa and aired Sunday night.
Phelps lost the race by only TWO SECONDS. Great White: 36.1 while Phelps was 38.1. Fans are left disapointed after it turned out that the Olympian swam alone, and the shark wasn’t a real one, but in fact was computer generated.
It was stimulating a real shark’s speed and even jumped out of the water at the end, showing fans that the race was unrealistic.
It’s not clear what exactly fans wanted from the program. Perhaps a great white swimming in the next lane and suddenly swims in and attacks Phelps.
No, people, that’s not going to happen.
“I think we did our best to try to make it as close as we could,” Phelps said to Entertainment Weekly.
Are you sure about that Mr. Phelps? Fans didn’t seem too happy on social media.
“Find me a better metaphor for the state of western civilization than michael phelps losing to a digital simulacrum,” said Mina Kimes on Twitter.
“We’re not going to risk Michael Phelps’s life,” said Laurie Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Discovery Channel. “In the first two minutes of the show, we make it clear we were not going to make it side by side.”
Phelps also took to social media after the ‘defeat’ and demanded a rematch.
“Rematch? Next time..warmer water,” he tweeted.