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Michael Phelps wanted to race a Great White without a cage

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In anticipation of the the Discovery Channel special in which Michael Phelps sets to out swim a Great White shark, the most decorated Olympian in history appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to talk about his infatuation with sharks. Turns out, Phelps loves them so much that he admitted that he would have preferred to race the shark without a cage.

"I told my wife that I wanted to do it without a cage, and she said, 'Well, we have a family. I don't know if that's really going to fly.'"

The fearless swimmer also highlighted some of the unique gear designed specifically for the swimming contest. The gear, which includes a monofin and a wet suit, were made so that Phelps could swim more like a shark, and less like a human.

"It makes me faster. I mean, it definitely makes you faster," Phelps added.

The Olympian, who boasts an impressive wingspan of 80 inches, noted that, without the fin, he can swim up to 6mph. Great Whites, on the other hand, can swim as fast as 25mph.

But don't let those statistics spoil the outcome of the swimming quest.

"They won't go 25mph the whole 100 meters," he continued. "It's just in short, little bursts."

"Great Gold vs. Great White" airs Sunday at 8pm EST on the Discovery Channel.

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