Jonathan Toews may be called “Captain Serious” because of his on-ice demeanor at times as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. But on Tuesday, he showed his more lighthearted side off the ice when he shared a meme on his Twitter account poking fun at United States Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and his now famous “Phelps Face.”
If you are following the 2016 Summer Olympics currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, you are probably already familiar with the “Phelps Face” that has been floating around the internet. Phelps was captured by TV cameras making a menacing face as rival South African swimmer Chad le Clos stood just inches from him warming up like a boxer before Monday night’s semifinal heat in the men’s 200-meter butterfly event. For those unfamiliar with the back story, le Clos beat Phelps in the same event during the 2012 Olympics in London.
On Tuesday, Toews posted a picture of himself doing his best “Michael Phelps face” (a picture from a previous NHL game) along with a cat making a similar expression with the now infamous “#PhelpsFace” that is flooding the internet by fans who have utilized it in meme after meme. Check out Toews’ tweet below:
— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) August 9, 2016
For those of you interested in seeing if Phelps makes another face, and more importantly, if he is able to bring home his 20th Olympic gold medal, tonight’s men’s 200-meter butterfly final coverage is set to begin at 9 pm ET on NBC.
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