#PhelpsFace Trends Nationally on Twitter After Monster Staredown

There are game faces….and then there is Michael Phelps‘ game face.

Some 10 hours after swimming in the semi-finals of the men’s 200 fly on Monday evening at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, American swimmer Michael Phelps, who with 23 medals and 19 gold medals is the winningnest Olympian in history, is still trending nationally on Twitter. The attention is not for his performance in the pool; rather, the focus is on his performance in the ready room, where during preparations, with chief rival South African Chad le Close preparing in front of him, Phelps made a face that would make tar melt off a driveway.

Tweeted by ESPN writer Don Van Natta:

NBC analysts Rowdy Gaines and Dan Hicks were infatuated with the moment, and it’s a moment well deserving of the attention given the history of the swimmers in this angle. In 2012, Le Clos, then a young upstart, knocked off Michael Phelps in this event, both swimmers’ pet event across their careers, for the gold medal. Since then, the two have traded barbs in the media, including last summer when at different meets in the same week they swam season-best times within a tenth of each other.

After his race, Phelps said he was thinking “nothing,” he was trying not to look at Le Clos, and that he was watching the heat in front of him.

https://www.facebook.com/nbcolympics/videos/10154915467460329/

While Phelps stepped away from the pool for a time after the 2012 Olympics, he didn’t step away from his #phelpsface…see this shot from the 2013 World Championships, thanks to our amigos at SwimNerds:

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Glen Buterol
6 years ago

Apparently Chad said “dems pretty little socks Micky”

Chadwick
6 years ago

Phelps is going out like Peyton Manning, retiring as a champion.

Lane Four
6 years ago

I am still trying to understand WHY Le Clown behaves this way. Ok, so you have e ONE gold medal. Ok, so you beat Phelps…but only because he mistimed his finish and had a loooong glide into the wall. A spot on touch would have left you on the first losers platform. Chad, seriously, stop with the baby games. This is the OLYMPIC Games. Maybe I should have Mike Cavic give you a call. You do NOT…..let me reiterate this…. you do NOT play the mental games with Phelps. Should I also have Ian Thorpe call you as well? You know who HE is, don’t you? The guy who said Phelps had ZERO chance of winning 8 gold medals in… Read more »

dmswim
Reply to  Lane Four
6 years ago

I don’t mind his behavior. I think it’s sort of fun. If Phelps is far superior as you claim, the only way Le Clos has a chance to beat Phelps is to get inside his head. Phelps is human and even if he can be Le Clos 9 out of 10 times, this may be that one time and Le Clos is just trying to make that happen. It also keeps the sport interesting and non traditional swimming fans engaged.

Taa
Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

Chad had his one time in London

Lane four
Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

Whatever you say. I think you’re wrong. No, in fact I know you are wrong. This behavior is disgusting. It does not belong in the Olympic ready room. If Le Clown needs to do this to win, then he doubts his own ability. Phelps doesn’t play mind games.

Glen Buterol
Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

Agree. As if Phelps with 19 golds would be intimidated anyway.

Cody
6 years ago

Michael Phelps, the entire US nation is begging you……please throw the hammer down and shut Chad le Clos up.

SLab
Reply to  Cody
6 years ago

And so does France !

Alex
Reply to  SLab
6 years ago

and Ukraine

K.A
Reply to  Alex
6 years ago

Egypt as well!

Phelpone
Reply to  Cody
6 years ago

And Italy !

EliteSwimmer83
Reply to  Cody
6 years ago

Canada hereby joins in solidarity with Phelps as well!

Chadwick
Reply to  Cody
6 years ago

All of Africa too, because we don’t want to piss of USA. Please keep sending those t-shirts of the losing Super Bowl team!

Stay Human
Reply to  Chadwick
6 years ago

lol hilarious

Matt
6 years ago

My favorite part about that was when he was puching his other hand lol maybe pretending it was phelps, i think chad wanted phelps to let off steam in that swim so he d be tired for tonight, but luckily the goat didnt give in

Eutaw Street Sprinters
6 years ago

Imagine walking in the ready room for your 200 Fly against MP and seeing that staring back at you.

“…For when you gaze long into the abyss…the abyss gazes also into you”

Glen Buterol
Reply to  Eutaw Street Sprinters
6 years ago

Phelps face is too gentle to be mean looking…anyway angry faces in swimming is more amusing..it’s not like you’re in danger from physical contact in other sports. Phelps is the best of all time though.

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