Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps son stole the show in a rather disappointing night on Discovery Channel’s start to “Shark Week” on Sunday.
The 14-month-old starred in a Huggies commercial for swimming diapers ahead of his dad’s much hyped race with a great white shark.
In it, the younger Phelps, whose name is Boomer, wore a shirt that read “Training for 2032” as he played in a pool with his parents.
He even faced off against an inflatable shark of his own.
And, much to the dismay of viewers who tuned in to watch the older Phelps square off against a great white, his shark was as real as his dad’s.
After months of build to the Phelps VS shark showdown the much ballyhooed face off was a big disappointment.
Rather than Phelps racing an actual shark, as was implied in the advertising of the event, the Olympic swimmer took on a computer generated simulation of a great white shark.
And he was defeated.
He swam simulated races against other sharks, such as hammerheads and reef sharks using data scientists gathered to simulate how those sharks swim.
And then he took on the simulated great white.
The suit Phelps was given was made with fabric to simulate the skin of a great white and fitted with a fin
The Olympian finished in 38.1 seconds while the simulated shark finished in 36.1 seconds.
“They swim so fast, it’s almost like a bullet,” he said.
“I don’t like taking silver medals but I’ll take one against a Great White.”
— Aslin E. (@a__n89) July 24, 2017
But social media was outraged by the bait and switch.
smh Michael Phelps isn’t actually racing a shark. He’s just racing a simulation of a shark. Biggest scam of 2017
— Marcus ¬ (@M_Frosti) July 24, 2017
When you find out that Michael Phelps isn’t actually racing an actual shark pic.twitter.com/6KwHGaWXc9
— t (@tatummowery) July 24, 2017
So you mean to tell me Michael Phelps didn’t even race a real shark? It was just a simulation. I’m mad. More like Shark WEAK! pic.twitter.com/gwIGTe7Y9p
— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) July 24, 2017
Should I feel silly that I thought Michael Phelps would actually be racing a shark??…in the water with an actual shark
— Alex Holley (@AlexHolleyFOX29) July 24, 2017
If you thought Michael Phelps was actually going to race a shark side by side I have a Russian election conspiracy theory to sell you.
— Lord Single Malt (@Singlemaltfiend) July 24, 2017
i didn’t sign up for stats and data i TUNED IN TO SEE PHELPS IN ONE LANE AND A GREAT WHITE SHARK IN THE OTHER
— Sarah flint (@sarahhflint) July 24, 2017
— Ian Schwartz (@SchwartzTV) July 24, 2017
Wait, Michael Phelps didn’t race a real shark? There needs to be a congressional committee formed to investigate this bait and switch
— Sean Mack (@seanmackradio) July 24, 2017
Wow. Terrible. This is not Phelps vs. Shark. This is Phelps vs the clock. Bait and switch #SharkWeek
— Steven Nicholas (@SteveNicholas1) July 24, 2017
@Discovery you guys should be ashamed of yourself for that BS phelps vs shark crap. Apologize, NOW!
— Jason Gaylord (@jgaylord1107) July 24, 2017
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