2016 marks another year of the summer Olympics. Every 4 years, athletes from all across the country come together to compete for the gold. From the United States to Egypt, participants from around the world battle it out to become the very best of their nation. Competition runs high for many athletes whether it is performing the perfect dive or hurling the javelin as far as they can.
Before it became the month-long TV phenomenon, the Olympics were originated in Ancient Greece with the first event held in 773 B.C. Ambitious men came together in Olympia to test their strength, agility, coordination, and other physical attributes to become the very best. Only men were able to compete in the Olympics, performing their games in the nude (yes, ALL games were performed buck naked!) as a means to show off their male physique. It was a battle of strength, courage, and intelligence among the various competitors that wanted to be the best.
Flash-forward hundreds of thousands of years later and the Olympics is still relevant in the digital age. Audiences never have to miss a competitive moment when millions of fans share highlights on social media. There’s always that memorable moment that breaks the internet and the newest highlight comes from the popular U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps.
That’s right folks! Michael Phelps is making waves on the internet once again (no pun intended!). Other than winning multiple gold medals for men’s swimming, he rocked the world with the notorious tabloid pictures of him doing bong rips at a party. All partying aside, he still kept swimming to win more gold medals at this year’s Olympics in Rio. He recently won the gold medal last night, but it was his infamous glare that broke the internet.
Before competing against Chad le Clos of South Africa, Phelps was sported in a blue sports coat glaring at le Clos. Phelps glared as Chad le Clos shadowboxed near the other competitors. Immediately after his glaring moment, the internet was swarmed with memes surrounding his highlighted moment. Below are some memorable memes conjured up by various internet users.
So what was Phelps’ glare all about? Was he secretly seeking revenge against him for winning the gold medal during the London Olympics? Either way, his unforgettable glare is just one of many highlights during the game. America’s greatest value in life is competition and nothing said it best than Michael Phelps’ stare-down towards Chad le Clos.
I actually watched the Olympics last night and remember seeing Phelps’ reaction before his run. It was amazing to see Phelps win another gold medal for America. Why is America so competitive? America VALUES competition. Phelps’ glare represents what America stands for – competing to become the very best in the nation. This country works hard to kick ass every day, including fighting for our freedom. We won our right back in the year 1776 and still prove ourselves worthy as an amazing country. Kudos to Michael Phelps for breaking the internet once again! His glare around the world shows everyone what America stands for as a nation.