Michael Phelps raced a great white shark on the Discovery Channel program titled: Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White. As a part of “Shark Week,” the Discovery Channel set up a race between the fastest swimmer in the world and the greatest predator in the ocean.
Michael Phelps is one of the most successful Olympians of all time. He is a retired swimmer who earned a total of 28 medals including 23 Olympic gold medals. Phelps said “This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” and “I have raced the fastest swimmers on the planet...except for one.”
In fact, it wasn’t a real shark. Instead, it was a computer simulation, and it calculated the data collected from a real one. In order to compete with a great white shark, Phelps was given a specially designed wetsuit and fin, which mimicked shark skin. They raced 100m and Phelps finished in 38 seconds, while the simulated great white finished in 36 seconds.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What is the title of the Discovery Channel program?
2. How many medals does Phelps have?
3. How many seconds did it take Phelps to finish the 100m swim?
1. Was the shark real? If not, what was it?
2. Who won the race? Why do you think the shark won?
3. What sport are you most excited about in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang?