A lot of glorious moments came from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Among them were moments of triumph and excitement, but also just plenty of amusing faces. One of the most memorable moments from the Olympics occurred when Michael Phelps was preparing for his 200m butterfly event. Fellow competitor Chad le Clos of South Africa walked by, cool as a cucumber, and for a short time, Michael Phelps looked totally insane. During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Michael Phelps goofily admitted that he knew his glare would be everywhere in the days following the big event. Here's what he had to say:
People with really expressive faces often can't help themselves. Michael Phelps seems to be one of those people, as he notes in his story that he was self-aware enough to realize the cameras were on him, but that he couldn't do anything about the face he was making. That, or he just didn't mind that the cameras saw him making an intense face. During this Olympics, he was generally pretty good-humored, and people seemed to love the intensity Michael Phelps displayed before each race---but especially the butterfly.
Still, while Phelps might be owning up to knowing about the cameras, he has formerly said he was not intentionally mean-mugging Chad le Clos. Instead, he has said he was simply in the zone before his Olympics event:
It paid off. Phelps won a gold medal in the event with a time of 1:53.36. If you'd like to hear him talk more about what seems to be his final Olympics, you can watch the full segment from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, below.
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