It was only a matter of time before an Olympian got a reality show and thank heavens it won’t be Learning To Read With Ryan Lochte. But the truth is not much better: Michael Phelps is getting a reality show on the Golf Channel. Did you even know there was a Golf Channel?
Phelps will appear on in the 2013 season of The Haney Project, in which Tiger Woods’ former coach Hank Haney helps a celebrity to improve their golf game. Past celebs who’ve appeared on this show that you’ve never heard of include Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ray Romano, and Charles Barkley. Phelps — who is the most decorated Olympian in history after winning 22 Olympic medals for swimming throughout his career‚ explained his joining the show a statement:
I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to. And golf is one of the things I want to focus on. I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well.
Phelps recently confirmed on the Today show he is retiring from swimming for good and does not intend to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016. The Haney Project is not an uncomfortable lily pad to leap to: he’ll be cashing checks to play golf.