Michael Phelps' Olympics Game Face Becomes Internet Meme
The swimmer's stone-faced stare as Chad le Clos danced in front of him has gone viral.
Michael Phelps had a serious game face on before his 200-meter butterfly semifinal on Monday, and the moment was captured on camera and quickly went viral.
As the swimmers got ready ahead of the event, South Africa's Chad le Clos danced and shadowboxed in front of Phelps, who had his hood up and headphones on. Phelps, who lost to le Clos four years ago at the Olympics, stared stonily ahead of him, looking serious and a bit angry.
#PhelpsFace soon became an internet meme, trending on both Twitter and Facebook even into Tuesday morning, as social media users joked that Phelps had crossed over to the "dark side."
Phelps came in second place in the race, one second ahead of le Clos. After the race he was asked what he was thinking as le Clos shadow-boxed in front of him. "Nothing," replied Phelps. "I was trying not to even really look at him."
Here's a look at social media reactions to #PhelpsFace:
"From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!"pic.twitter.com/GO2sifL2rS— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) August 9, 2016
When 19 is not enough gold medals pic.twitter.com/Wqd5fsxSGG— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 9, 2016
When you're the real Slim Shady but someone else stood up. pic.twitter.com/CtQTu7FXEa— B®endan (@ChiBDM) August 9, 2016
When you gonna beat your little brother down, but you gotta wait for mom to leave the room. pic.twitter.com/bP99rmqrct— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 9, 2016