Last night the world's most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, came face-to-face with his arch enemy, South African swimmer Chad le Clos. At the 2012 London Games, Le Clos snuck up on Phelps at the end of the 200 meter butterfly, turning Phelps' highly anticipated gold into a meager silver medal. The pair has strongly disliked each other ever since, and nothing made that more apparent than their interaction (or lack thereof) last night.
The semi-final in the same event was held last night and Phelps and Le Clos shared a dressing room while prepping for the race at the aquatics center. Both athletes had a very different approach to getting race-ready—Chad shadowboxed while Phelps gave him the most intense game face we've ever seen. Seriously, if looks could kill, Phelps' gaze could have easily turned Chad into a tiny mound of ash. Take a look for yourselves.
Sitting in a corner, with a hood over his head covering giant noise-cancelling head phones, Phelps' game face has taken the Twitter world by storm, becoming the next best meme since Michael Jordan's crying face. (Read: The Crying Jordan Is Now a Sneaker—And It's Amazing)
Here are some of the funniest memes that have surfaced as a reaction to the #PhelpsFace:
boomer: "dad i pooped"— Amanda Lucci (@alucci) August 9, 2016
michael phelps: pic.twitter.com/FMT3vgB17o
When you're listening to Sweeney Todd and it gets to "AT LAST! MY RIGHT ARM IS COMPLETE AGAIN!" pic.twitter.com/HIGfY8MaZd— Ira Madison III (@ira) 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
ENHANCE pic.twitter.com/nYp47YSAFc— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) August 9, 2016
I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative pic.twitter.com/5zuTbQJxwN— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) August 9, 2016
Thankfully, his pre-race prep paid off as he placed second in the event, while Le Clos came in fifth place. It's safe to say we are more than excited to watch these two go head-to-head in the water again tonight.