Critics Be Damned, Michael Phelps 'Had Fun' Racing That Fake Shark

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Michael Phelps is status by means of his Discovery Channel particular, “Phelps vs. Shark,” regardless of backlash from audience who have been disenchanted the Olympian didn’t race an actual nice white shark, however a CGI shark. (For what it’s value, Phelps misplaced the race.)

The 23-time gold medalist participated in Facebook Live Q&A consultation on his web page Tuesday, the place he replied questions from lovers on-line and addressed grievance of the Shark Week tournament. 

“Everybody wants to try to pick on something or say something or complain about something. I had fun racing a shark and seeing those animals up-close and personal,” he stated, after noting he had “one of the most exciting two weeks of my life” getting ready for the race. 

“If somebody actually wants to get in the water and race side-by-side with a great white, go ahead — you’re not going to get the shark to swim in a straight line — and it would be interesting to see. We’ll leave it at that,” he added. 

Discovery additionally addressed critics this week with a commentary during which they principally stated an actual shark used to be by no means promised. (Though HuffPost used to be amongst the ones retailers that reported in June Phelps used to be “racing an actual shark on TV.”)

“All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side by side race,” Discovery stated, in step with Us Magazine.

“In ‘Phelps vs Shark’ we enlisted world-class scientists to take up the challenge of making the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a Great White,” the commentary stated. “The show took smart science and technology to make the challenge more accessible and fun.”

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