The Olympics are a goldmine for beautiful, terrible, and – perhaps most important of all – meme-able moments. Who can forget Gabby Douglas’s incredible performance in 2012, the many gnarly wipeouts of Sochi, or Mckayla Maroney’s thoroughly unimpressed face?
Now, however, Michael Phelps, the possessor of 19 gold medals, is giving to the people not only his swimming expertise, but also his marvelous facial expressions. Behold, all ye who gather here, the exact moment that the #PhelpsFace meme came into being, when fellow Olympian Chad le Clos of South Africa did… whatever the hell this is:
.@MichaelPhelps is not impressed with Chad le Clos's antics.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
Now, of course, that marvelous expression Phelps gave le Clos ended up on Twitter, as all great memes do, and there, it prospered. Take a gander.
Here, we see the classic presentation of “when [relatable event happens] [displays photo].”
— Esther Ku (@EstherKuKu) August 9, 2016
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 9, 2016
And here’s the variation, “when [relatable pop culture reference] [displays photo].”
— Dave Powell (@davidpowell83) August 9, 2016
— TaterToT™ (@sawmilltaters) August 9, 2016
— Emo Anakin (@Emo_Anakin) August 9, 2016
Here, the “haha but also oh damn.”
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 9, 2016
And, of course, some meta:
— Todd Blake (@Rev_Todd) August 9, 2016
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 9, 2016
What are your bets for the next meme to come out of Rio? Place them in the comments.