Michael Phelps' evil game-face has taken over the Internet
US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has unwittingly become the Internet's latest sensation.
On Monday night, prior to the 200 metre butterfly Olympics semifinals in Rio, Phelps was captured on camera with the most intense game face.
Sitting in the dressing room, cloaked in his USA hooded jacket and wearing large headphones, the 31-year-old Olympian appeared to be gearing himself up for the big event.
As his South African rival Chad le Clos shadowboxed in front of him, Phelps fixed him with a death stare.
This attempt at intimidation was caught by NBC cameras.
The 30-second clip went viral on Twitter almost immediately.
When you're the real Slim Shady but someone else stood up. pic.twitter.com/CtQTu7FXEa— B®endan (@ChiBDM) August 9, 2016
Phelps said afterwards of the intense stare: “I tried not to really even look at him. He does his thing, I do my thing.”
Eventually, Phelps finished secondnd in his qualifier, just ahead of le Clos, and set up another showdown in the finale Tuesday night.
oh god Michael Phelps is gonna be Darth Vader isn't he pic.twitter.com/9Xq3GBU2UB— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 9, 2016
Tfw from your point of view it is the Jedi who are evil pic.twitter.com/vjK4M4R2o0— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) August 9, 2016
tfw u wanted gryffindor but were sorted into hufflepuff pic.twitter.com/I9UcziEmun— Taylor Trudon (@taylortrudon) August 9, 2016
When you're almost about to catch a rare Pokemon and your battery d— pic.twitter.com/ccmrfCSoME— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) August 9, 2016
tfw ur a messy bitch who loves drama pic.twitter.com/fByPSFREmi— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) August 9, 2016
when ur crush's significant other is at the party pic.twitter.com/KJ0N10brb5— Max Read (@max_read) August 9, 2016
tfw ur waiting for the drop but the drop doesn't come pic.twitter.com/uqehdciA3y— Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar) August 9, 2016
When he ain't text you back but you see him tweeting pic.twitter.com/Gt5EVwCyLb— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) August 9, 2016
when u think of the human potential and love and joy sacrificed at the altar of capital pic.twitter.com/ULpheTywI9— Max Read (@max_read) August 9, 2016