Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Books Reality TV Show On Golf Channel

A Gold for Last Olympic Race

By the end of the swimming finals, Michael Phelps upped his medal count to 22, including golds in his final Olympic races of his career (the 100-meter butterfly and the 4x100-meter individual medley). It was a fitting way to close out his swimming career; he was awarded a trophy for being the best Olympian ever.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will work on a different kind of stroke on the upcoming season of "The Haney Project."

Michael Phelps is headed back to TV for some competitive sport, but this time, he'll be staying as far away from the water as possible: The 22-time Olympic medalist has been booked for the upcoming season of Golf Channel's The Haney Project

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"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," Phelps says in a statement. "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 will get his chance: The show, hosted by Hank Haney, former coach of Tiger Woods, follows around one celebrity over the course of a season as they attempt to conquer some of the world's greatest golf courses.

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Past seasons have featured the likes of Charles Barkley, Ray Romano and Adam Levine

Production on the fifth season of The Haney Project, on the NBC Sports Group-owned Golf Channel, is set to begin in September.