“He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win,” a press release from the network reads. “An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark — the race is on!”
Phelps will kick off the highly anticipated week, and also close it out on July 30 with another special, Shark School With Michael Phelps.
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Since retiring from the sport following the Rio Olympics last August, the 31-year-old has frequently shared photos from his new life on social media, including some of his experience filming these specials.
Earlier this week he shared a photo of a shark swimming next to a diving cage and captioned the snap, “I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks!! #bucketlist.”
A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Jun 10, 2017 at 9:52pm PDT
His wife, Nicole Phelps, also shared a picture from that trip to South Africa.
“What a week!!” she captioned a photo of the twosome with a large crew. “Loved watching @m_phelps00 learn, swim and wrestle with sharks!! #sharkweek #welovesharks.”
A post shared by Nicole Michele Phelps (@mrs.nicolephelps) on Jun 12, 2017 at 2:57am PDT
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