Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is grabbing headlines yet again… this time for his death stare!
While mentally prepping himself for the men’s 200m butterfly semifinals, Phelps was caught glaring at his rival Chad le Clos, who was seen shadowboxing in front of him. When asked about his opponent’s pre-match rituals, Phelps told NBC, “Everyone has their own race strategy. If that's his, that's his.”
PhelpsFace was the talk of the town on social media — see some of the epic Twitter responses below!
CHAD LE CLOS: Undefeated in middle school staring contests. #DontBlink— Brendan McHugh (@bmchugh427) August 9, 2016
I don't see the benefit of Le Clos eyeballin' a dude that has 19 gold medals. Lions never worry about sheep !— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) August 9, 2016
Phelps in the waiting area staring at Le Clos. pic.twitter.com/gU9Kh8tXhI— Dustin Robert (@DFritsch14) August 9, 2016
Phelps beat le Clos in the semifinals last night, but they will go face-to-face again in today’s finals. Michael said, "I'm obviously excited for the finals. It’s always fun getting in the water and racing him. He's tough; he finished on me last time really well.”
Back in 2012, le Clos beat Phelps by 0.05 seconds to win gold at the Olympic Games in London.