#PhelpsFace makes splash on social media

Posted: 2:36 AM, Aug 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-10 06:13:42-04

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps earned his 21st career gold medal Tuesday night, but he's also earned his spot as the latest Olympian to inspire an internet meme.

#PhelpsFace became an internet sensation Monday night after Phelps was seen making his, well, Phelps face, before the 200-meter butterfly competition.

He was seemingly staring down competitor Chad le Clos of South Africa as he danced while warming up in front of Phelps in the ready room.

Phelps told NBC after the event that he had been thinking about "nothing" while le Clos was dancing in front of him, as the New York Times reported .

"He does his thing, I do mine," Phelps told NBC about le Clos' warmup routine.

Twitter account @PhelpsStare has taken Phelps' intimidating stare and turned it into internet gold.

Gymnast McKayla Maroney inspired an internet meme after winning a silver medal at the 2012 London games. The "McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed" meme became its own viral sensation four years ago. Now, the internet has passed the Olympic meme torch to Phelps.