Michael Phelps has it all: the most Olympic medals (23), the record of the most golds won in a single games (8 in Bejing 2008) and he’s had even a street in his home town renamed after him (Michael Phelps Way in Baltimore). But does he have a strong connection with the force, too?
That’s the theory put forward after Phelps’ pre-race prep for the 200m butterfly semi-finals in Rio looked a tad, well, Sith-ish. While South Africa’s Chad Le Clos got ready for the bout with shadowboxing (presumably with the Rocky theme song playing in his head), Phelps sat cloaked in a hoodie with large headphones blasting on his ears and a death stare on his face.
This is absolutely amazing TV from Phelps pic.twitter.com/16Rp7kEfuV
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) August 9, 2016
Twitter wasn’t going to let that slip.
Can't tell the difference from Michael Phelps & "ready to go slaughter a bunch of children Jedi" Anakin Skywalker pic.twitter.com/2JgBBNDsfz
— Rachel ✭ (@rachelcowboys) August 9, 2016
Phelps or Anakin Skywalker? pic.twitter.com/p7iDdlq76h
— al3c (@smart_4lec) August 9, 2016
— Brennan Matherne (@BrennanMatherne) August 9, 2016
Phelps about to go total Anakin Skywalker on the competition pic.twitter.com/HOjh5nMZmk
— Andrew Allen (@ajallen1212) August 9, 2016
Fortunately Phelps won’t have time to pillage a Jedi temple thanks to his packed schedule, including the 200m butterfly final, tomorrow at 2.30am.