Michael Phelps made history on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, winning the 20th and 21st gold medals of his Olympic career by placing first in the 200-meter butterfly and 4×200 freestyle relay. These Games, though, are about much more than the pool for the most decorated Olympian of all time, who returned to competition two years ago following a brief retirement and became the sports world’s latest, greatest meme while sitting stone-faced behind loudmouth rival Chad le Clos in preparation for a qualifying heat on Monday.
After winning his signature event and finger-wagging in celebration, Phelps’ night was over when he earned another gold with his American teammates. Finally, the greatest swimmer ever could give himself a chance to relax. Not that he had much time to do so before being bombarded by some extra tall fans donning the red, white, and blue, of course.