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Michael Phelps Defeats a Shark to Kick Off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery

Discovery Channel used an interestingly unique gimmick to begin their annual Shark Week for 2017 on July 23: legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of a record 23 gold medals throughout his five Olympic Games appearances, was pitted against several sharks — a hammerhead shark, a reef shark and a great white shark — in two swimming races. Phelps, who wore swim gear that assisted his race speed, managed to defeat one of those sharks.

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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