Shaquille O'Neal Faces Off Michael Phelps . . . . And Wins (Kind Of!)

By Meera Dolasia on September 18, 2009

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On Tuesday, September 13th, a few lucky souls were witness to a historical event - a face-off between basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and 14-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps. The sport? swimming of course!

The event held in Maryland at Loyola University's Mangione Aquatic center, was the recording of the grand finale of Shaq Vs. - A reality show that airs on ABC, where Shaq pits himself against top athletes challenging them in their own sport.

The competition on Tuesday involved three races. The first event was a freestyle race where Shaq had to swim 25 yards, while Phelps took on 50 yards, with a five second head start. To everybody's surprise, the basketball champ managed to win that one!

The second race involved a 200m medley (50 yards of four different strokes). Once again Shaq had the upper hand - a team, comprising of himself and three of the best female US swimmers. After swimming the anchor freestyle leg, he let his professional team members do the rest.

Phelps on the other hand, was a team of one - swimming all four strokes on his own. However, that didn't seem to matter. Gliding effortlessly across the pool, the champion won the race fair and square.

The final race was yet another freestyle swim between the two - where Shaq got away with swimming only 50 yards, while Phelps had to swim an extra 25 yards. However, just like the previous race, it didn't really matter - Shaq still lost.

According to the rules of the show, the loser has to pay a penalty. In this case it involved Shaq donning a pink swim cap, complete with flower and all, and performing with a group of synchronized swimmers. Lucky for him that wasn't a competition - for he would have definitely lost that one too!

sources: examiner.com,sport.yahoo.com

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  • megaharambeTuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:44 am
    that was awesome
    • random personFriday, August 4, 2017 at 2:59 am
      basketball player + swimmer divided by swim race= NOT FAIR.
      • lailacat46
        lailacat46Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:37 am
        LMBO i would die if i really saw this
        • starwarsnerd201
          starwarsnerd201Monday, October 31, 2016 at 6:41 am
          😆 Basketball players can't swim 😆
          • AminaWednesday, September 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm
            Lol i never get tired
            • grindtime
              grindtimeWednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm
              GO SHAQ YAASSSS
              • noobguy245
                noobguy245Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:10 am
                Michael Jordan Beats everybody
                • HelloWednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:02 am
                  Michael Jordan beats everybody
                  • slytheringirl
                    slytheringirlMonday, November 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm
                    common stereotypical synchronized swimming assumption. synchronized swimmers dont wear caps (exception is during practice) they knox their hair. but flower caps??? *sigh* really?
                    • analise
                      analiseWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm
                      Yes, they do! @ THE OLYMPICS, one team wore flower caps. Competitive swimming is sooooo much better.
                      • bibliophile
                        bibliophileThursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm
                        Ya I agree competitive swimming IS better and kinda more fun to me...
                        • swimmer_girl02
                          swimmer_girl02Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm
                          Yes, so true
                    • Give me candy!Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:14 am
                      Awesome blossom. Extra Bossome!

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