RIO DE JANERIO - Move over McKayla, #Phelpsface is the meme taking over the internet for the Olympics in Rio.
Television cameras caught Michael Phelps’ serious game face before the men’s 200m butterfly semifinal swim Monday as he stared in the direction of Chad Le Clos who was performing some sort of shadow boxing dance in an effort to psyche out the swimmer.
It was a moment the internet immediately turned into the latest meme:
There is some sort of rivalry between Phelps and le Clos. Phelps got silver in the 200m fly in London with le Clos the reigning gold medalist, according to USA Today.
Phelps was asked le Clos’ dance strategy.
“If that’s his, that’s his,” Phelps told USA Today.
Ultimately Phelps qualified, coming in second place behind Tamas Kenderesi, of Hungary. Le Clos qualified in fourth. Phelps will compete for the 20th gold medal of his career Tuesday night.
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