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Michael Phelps’s Finger Wag Is The. Best. Thing. Ever.

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After four years, Michael Phelps was finally able to throw some serious shade at his rival on live TV, and it was delicious.


After Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly event at the Olympic games, he rubbed his 20th gold medal win in his rival’s face.

Phelps’ finger wagging is the latest shenanigan in an intense and highly televised rivalry between the most decorated Olympian of all time and Chad le Clos of South Africa, who barely beat Phelps during the 2012 Olympic games in London.

On Monday, Phelps glowered from beneath his hoodie just before the semifinal round of the 200-meter butterfly event, while le Clos danced a jig and punched the air around him — a warmup routine clearly pointed at his one-time hero.

It made me want to crawl through the TV and punch le Clos’s lights out. Fortunately, I didn’t have to because the next day, Phelps kicked le Clos’s butt.

After four years of patiently waiting and training, Phelps was finally able to throw some serious shade on live TV, and it was delicious. Ah, sweet, sweet victory.

Wag that finger, Phelps, and may your prideful glory-hogging ways be passed down to many generations of Olympians to come.