Michael Phelps deserves a gold medal in Olympic Stankface, obviously

Michael Phelps is still in it to win it, as Hectate talked about earlier. He already won a historic 19th gold medal, and last night he competed in the semi-finals for the 200-meter butterfly, one of his strongest races. Phelps has two golds and a silver in the 200-m butterfly. He got silver in 2012, when he was just hundredths of a second behind South African swimmer/hottie Chad le Clos. Chad le Clos became a national hero in South Africa after winning gold in 2012, and Chad and Michael are both back in Rio for the rematch, and most believe the race is pretty much down to them. Hilariously, this is what happened just minutes before last night’s semi-final:

That’s Michael Phelps stankfacing like a champ. The whole video is hilarious – Chad le Clos trying to avoid eye contact with Phelps, but le Clos also trying to get Phelps’ attention, standing right in front of him and moving in a “look at me” sort of way. It’s Olympic gamemanship to a really crazy degree. So, obviously, #PhelpsFace is trending on Twitter. People love Phelps’ stankface. Incidentally, Phelps did get a better time than le Clos during the semi-final.

Photos courtesy of Getty, Twitter.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

54 Responses to “Michael Phelps deserves a gold medal in Olympic Stankface, obviously”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. tegteg says:

    Good god, that body is a work of art….

  2. V4Real says:

    I’ve seen so many meme’s of this and they are funny.

    My meme is “When you leave the drive thru and realize they left the fries out of your order.

    Michael Phelps is also down with cupping; it looks too painful for me.

    • Amelia says:

      Cupping’s a weird one. Done properly, it just feels weird, not necessarily painful assuming they haven’t overheated the cup. Jury’s out as to what the effects are though.

    • Bros says:

      I’ve had it done numerous times and it feels good (at least to me). had it done for pregnancy and I got a lot of pain relief in my back. It’s like acupuncture, which also doesn’t hurt.

      I dont know why people are making this out to be between him and Chad le clos (such comic villain name) because le clos finished 3rd last night in his heat and the hungarian dude was right on phelps’ tail and had strong finishing power. my sad guess is that the hungarian takes gold. le clos looked slow last night and finished over a stroke behid the hungarian and phelps.

      • Bridget says:

        Because Le Clos was specifically trying to mess with Phelps. It was pretty obvious when you see the clip. And yes, there’s a strong chance neither of these two will actually win the event

    • Rachel says:

      They did it on the news this morning. Specifically because of this. The guy said it didn’t hurt at all. He was probably lying to save face on national television though. Lol

    • hippiechk says:

      I’m an acupuncturist, and do a lot of cupping. It has been used for a couple thousand years in China and the Middle East. It does look scary, but I promise it does not hurt. It’s just suction – sometimes light, sometimes pretty forceful. If the suction is very strong, it can be slightly uncomfortable, but it really isn’t ever “painful.” It’s been pretty amusing seeing this therapy getting so much attention in the news, and various therapists claiming they “invented” it when it’s been around forever in reality.

      • Alicat1822 says:

        Of course….it’s the NEWEST THING! I was pretty excited when I saw him with the obvious results of cupping. It’s been done for thousands of years and I love when alternative forms of therapy and healing are introduced to popular culture. Try it and you might find you like it! Plus, it has the opportunity to draw more professionals, like yourself, to working with these types of treatment. Props to you!

      • Lilo says:

        I’ve had it done in China about 10 years ago and it was amazing. Not only does it relieve back pain (for example), it also indicates where the problem is within the muscles and deep tissue. The cupped area that has “hidden” muscle tension will get waaay darker than an area without tension, knots or spasms (mine varied from a healthy pink over purple to almost black circles). That way, I found out where my problem areas were (some I already knew because the day to day pain made it obvious) and had them treated and massaged right away before they could get worse.

  3. Sayrah says:

    Lol, love it

  4. Bonzo says:

    Michael McStankface is Meme of the Year!

    • Cdoggy says:

      I loved the one that said “when you’re the real slim shady but somebody else stands up”. That made me laugh real out loud laugh.

  5. Tallia says:

    He ignored the idiot. No drama.

    • Pinky says:

      Exactly. It was a one-sided argument. And the Phelps won in absentia.


    • LB says:

      The tool was even trying it right before the swim. Staring him down while Phelps was not caring at all. Then they both got beat by someone else (just a semi though so hopefully today Phelps wins).

  6. Maleficent says:

    That video was funny. He totally was trying to get his attention with the “Look at me! Look at me!” Dance.

  7. Bridget says:

    Supposedly, it’s *not* just between Phelps and Le Clos – there’s a 3rd swimmer who could win the whole thing.

    This will be destined to be one of the classic Olympic moments. Le Clos preening and posing in front of Phelps – I don’t really think Phelps is the type of athlete to get psyched out by another athlete. My personal favorite was when Le Clos was trying to shadowbox.

    • perplexed says:

      ” I don’t really think Phelps is the type of athlete to get psyched out by another athlete.”

      I think Phelps gets even more motivated to win when you start messing with him or, alternatively, say something negative to bring him down, so I have no idea why that other guy thought it was a good idea to start preening in front of him.

      • Bridget says:

        Just you want to do – take the best swimmer ever and fire him up even more for his swim.

      • Alicat1822 says:

        He doesn’t like to lose. He’s put in the work. I loved this. And it’s not even a finals race. Bring it Phelps!!! He’s like, “I own this chlorine. You just get to swim in it.”. 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

    • woodstock_schulz says:

      I saw the semi-final last night, the Hungarian swimmer was the one who came first (I forget his name) but they said his dad swam in the Olympics in the 70’s (two different Olympics), which is really cool!

    • Esmom says:

      “My personal favorite was when Le Clos was trying to shadowbox.”

      I know, lol. I was wondering what song he was listening to, Eye of the Tiger perhaps?

    • marjiscott says:

      But that “Third Swimmer” didn’t. Michael won both his events tonight. Not a graceful in his reaction to the crowds, arrogant in fact, but he did win.

  8. Katydid20 says:

    I haven’t liked him since the Athens Olympics when he pulled the same BS and had a tizzy fit when he won a bronze. Most athletes would kill for a bronze. He is a sore loser, can’t stand him

    • Anon33 says:

      This comment doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. No Olympian is going in there with the attitude, “well I hope I get third place!” That’s not how athletics, championships, or the Olympics work.

  9. Onerous says:

    #phelpsface is my spirit animal.

  10. NeoCleo says:

    Great body, but his face does nothing for me. I am really happy that he is back and giving good game.

  11. Maum says:

    Well to be fair Le Clos had just raced a final half an hour before and had been on the podium 10 mns before his semi.

    The BBC commentators were more intrigued by the fact that Phelps looked like he was going all out and got beaten by the Hungarian teenager. And that he looked quite worried after the race. Cseh is also a strong contender I wouldn’t be surprised if neither Phelps nor Le Clos win that race.

    • Anon says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I can’t help but like Le Clos, he’s well respected and likes to have fun with the sport and he swims his heart out. I think he probably knows he won’t defeat Phelps on this one but doesn’t take it so seriously.

    • thecookingpan says:

      Thank you for this… Le Clos had just taken silver in the 200m freestyle. He’s young, he’s hot and he’s a little boy from South Africa, give him a break… Phelps’ body rocks but his face can break them…

      • annetommy says:

        Apparently someone has done a little documentary about Le Clos. His dad Bert was one of the hits of the Games in London, when in an interview he sobbed about how proud he was of his beautiful boy winning gold. I believe that in the documentary we find out that both of Le Clos’ parents have cancer. The guy is an upbeat personality and if he wants to act like that he should go ahead. Far worse happens in other sports: including the “sledging” that goes on in the gents’ game of cricket, where batsmen, bowlers and fielders say awful things to each other to try and disrupt opponents’ concentration DURING the match, not just before. Phelps is probably tense because he doesn’t have access to his bong.

      • CentralParkSouth says:

        It’s called poor sportsmanship — Not an upbeat personality, FFS.

      • ArtCollector says:

        Yes, that lovely chap Chad should definitely keep up his gents intimidation strategy because it was so successful…Wait, what’s that? Oh, he wasn’t even Le Clos to beating MP in the finals after all of that?!?

        *Bong Drop*

  12. Llamas says:

    I thought today was not off to a great start, then I saw this. God bless.

  13. Zuzus Girl says:

    The guy was acting like a 6 year old taunting the teachers pet. Phelps basically ignored him but he has always had resting stank face when he is getting mentally ready for a race.

  14. kri says:

    First, his face is my face in so many situations. Second, his torso is NOT my torso, in any situation. Ever. The only way possible is if I wrote “Defintion” across my Grey Goose baby with a Sharpie and called it a day.

    • Alicat1822 says:

      It’s not even “most swimmer’s torso”. He looks like a superhero and this is most def not his first rodeo. His body is a work of art. Shamelessly drool-worthy art. No CGI, make-up or lighting required.

    • I Choose Me says:


  15. Adele Dazeem says:

    The headline on this story alone made my day. Thanks for the laugh!

  16. mellie says:

    I love meme’s in general, I’m immature like that and these are just great! U-S-A!!

  17. Abby says:

    I love me some Phelps memes. This video and the internetz reactions made my day today.

  18. Starkiller says:

    Believe me when I say I am no fan of Michael Phelps, but I’m beginning to wonder if anyone actually watched this event. The court of public opinion has turned into “oh look at the big nasty American being mean to the poor innocent little baby”, which is of corse a convenient narrative, but that’s not what happened at all. This other guy was acting a straight-up fool. Phelps actually showed significant restraint, in my opinion.