Michael Phelps details Shark Week race, hammerhead encounter

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Michael Phelps “raced” a great white shark over about 100 meters in open water, but human and fish were not side by side, according to reports.

Phelps interviews published Tuesday provided a glimpse into his taped appearances on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” on July 23 and July 30.

The July 23 show is called “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” by the network.

Phelps wore a special wetsuit and a monofin attached below his feet for the “race.”

“That helped me make the race a little bit closer,” Phelps said, according to Time magazine, adding to Entertainment Weekly, “We were very safe. We had about 15 safety divers around.”

None of three Tuesday reports detailed how close Phelps got to the great white in open water, or which swimmer won.

Phelps’ fastest race speed in the pool while winning 28 Olympic medals was about five or six miles per hour, he reportedly said, and was told sharks casually swim around six mph (and much faster when attacking/hunting). The monofin helped Phelps reach eight to 12 mph, according to USA Today.

In Phelps’ second Shark Week appearance on July 30, he reportedly said he was within a foot of a hammerhead shark.

“I had the opportunity to lie on the ocean floor and have a massive, massive hammerhead swim within a foot of my face,” Phelps said, according to USA Today. “I was so calm during that. I was on a speaker, and there were a couple of expletives that came out my mouth because I was more excited [than worried].”

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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