The cable network announced on Saturday that the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 career medals will be featured as a student on the fifth season of The Haney Project.
“I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven’t had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels,” Phelps said in a statement. “As I enter this next chapter of my life, 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.”
Phelps makes his reality TV series debut in February 2013. He’ll take on the new sport with the help of Tiger Woods’ former coach and Golf Channel personality Hank Haney.
“If I have a goal of dropping a certain amount of shots, or working on my short game or putting, those things are going to keep me motivated and fire me up and keep me excited,” the 27-year-old swimmer said. “I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well. I’m excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course.”
Production on the fifth season of The Haney Project begins in September.
“We look forward to chronicling Michael’s transition from the most-decorated Olympian in history to a frustrated golfer trying to enjoy playing the world’s greatest golf courses,” Golf Channel President Mike McCarley said. “Golfers everywhere will be able to relate to his quest to improve his game.”
The news follows reports that Phelps’ biggest opponent from Team USA, Ryan Lochte, is currently fielding reality show offers.
Though, Phelps finds himself with another silver medal for signing on to a reality show. He’s the second person from this Summer’s Olympics to make a reality TV deal as runner Sanya Richards-Ross was the first to sign on to a reality series for WE.
Do you think Phelps will conquer golf as he did with swimming? Will you tune in to see if he does?