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This article was published on July 25, 2017

The internet is pissed that Michael Phelps wasn’t actually racing a shark

The internet is pissed that Michael Phelps wasn’t actually racing a shark
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Carissa is a writer based in New York. When she's not writing about apps, marketing, or tech, you can probably catch her eating ice cream. Carissa is a writer based in New York. When she's not writing about apps, marketing, or tech, you can probably catch her eating ice cream.

“Phelps vs. Shark” had viewers on the edge of their seat. The promos featured the five-time Olympian taking to the water to put it all on the line against a great white. And then Discovery pulled the rug out from under them.

The Discovery Channel had the race hyped as one for the ages:

The race would supposedly involve a monstrous Great white shark and Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps. Needless to say, fans were psyched to witness Phelps take on (or get eaten by) the Great white:

The one hour Shark Week finale highlighted Phelps’ superhuman swimming abilities and the swim speed of different sharks such as the reef shark and hammerhead. But during the final minutes leading up to the race, everyone realized they were robbed precious time after hearing the obvious:

“Clearly, we can’t put Michael in one lane and a white shark on the far lane. We’re gonna have to do a simulation.”

After Phelps lost to the virtual shark by two seconds, the enraged viewers took their emotions to Twitter:

Sorry #TeamPhelps.