Here’s the Trailer for that Race Between Michael Phelps and a Great White Shark

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Make no mistake: The Discovery Channel is known for putting hype over science during its annual summertime Shark Week specials. But when the program involves 23-time Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore native Michael Phelps, a little bit of hype is justified.

The network a couple weeks ago confirmed what we’d already been wondering since March, when the network said Phelps would be kicking off Shark Week. His cable-televised stunt entails placing him in a cage next to a hefty-looking great white, and then seeing who can swim the fastest.

Since we can confirm the retired Olympian wasn’t eaten and didn’t lose any limbs during the race — he wrote on Instagram afterward that he was psyched to cross it off his “#bucketlist” — it’s alright to be excited about “Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy.”  And how can you not with a trailer that pits (movie trailer voice) “one, trained to be the best since the day he was born,” against “the other…perfected by evolution”?

The special will run at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. Watch the promo below:

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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