For starters, he’s 3 for 3 in terms of winning gold medals after adding two more to his haul Tuesday night in the 200-meter butterfly and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The most decorated Olympian in history now has 21 gold medals for his career.
But Rio has also turned Phelps into an Internet sensation again thanks to the meme of his death scowl/stare toward South African rival Chad Le Clos while Le Clos prepared for the start of the 200-meter butterfly semifinals by shadow boxing Monday night. The face of Phelps, almost growling, is showing up all over the place days after the now infamous pre-race incident.
Even McKayla Maroney, the queen of the meme from the 2012 Olympic Games, told TMZ that Phelps’s display of contempt for Le Clos may have surpassed her own show of indignation in London.
As if that weren’t enough, Phelps used his own variation of Lilly King’s Mutumbo finger wag Tuesday night after beating Le Clos and others to win the 200-meter butterfly final.
And of course, no new meme can exist without somehow being interspersed with Crying Jordan.