Before his 200 meter butterfly semi-final Michael Phelps had his game face on. If your game is Game of Thrones.
Phelps was seen by cameras glowering in what could only be described as a full-on “war face” before he entered the pool. Phelps looked like he was on his way to battle a 200 meter butterfly, instead of compete in the 200 meter butterfly. The intimidating face must have worked as he won the race.
Social media caught on and the #PhelpsFace became a meme overnight. Several social media outlets showed Phelps’ expression and then listed frustrating everyday situations like @flye75 who wrote: “When you’ve been waiting your turn all day and they call someone who came after you.” #PhelpsFace
Others were more contrite like @shirlesxp who wrote:
“cargo shorts” #PhelpsFace
I’ve seen professional wrestlers with faces that had less intimidation factor. Phelps looked like he was going to boil the water when he entered it with the heat of his expression alone. Look for more memes to come from this Olympics. #PhelpsFace.