The Best Memes from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

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The Best Memes from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Funny Rio Olympics Logo
Via Reddit/deepercrow.

The Olympic games can always be counted on to give us a few funny new web memes. Who could ever forget McKayla Maroney's "Not Impressed" face, or Ashley Wagner's "OMG WTF just happened" reaction shot?  

As usual, the start of the much-anticipated (and much-maligned) 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, caused the world, and most importantly, the internet, to start cranking out jokes and web memes. Between Rio's well-documented crime issues, their political and pollution problems, the Zika virus, and the fallout of that whole Russian doping scandal, this year's games are especially rife for riffing!  Here's a look at some of the funniest Rio Olympics memes so far.

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Tonga Guy Nearly Broke Twitter

Tonga Flag Bearer
Via Imgur/chuggernaught.

During the parade of nations at the Opening Ceremony, a shirtless, oiled-up 32 year-old Tongan flag bearer named Pita Taufatofua stole the show. Did we mention that he was shirtless? And really, really slippery? And... also a male model in addition to being an Olympic Taekwondo champion? 


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Smiling Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt meme
Via Twitter @ItsTheBrandi. Image Copyright Cameron Spencer 2016

When Olympian extraordinaire and "fastest man on Earth" Usain Bolt handily won the 100m race, photographer Cameron Spencer captured one of the most iconic images of the Olympic games. Bolt, seemingly winning the race with ease, turned to smile at the camera as he crossed the finish line and won the gold medal.

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Angry Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps Jedi meme
Via Twitter/@sawmilltaters.

One of the best memes of the Rio Olympics came just a few days after the opening ceremony. American swim god Michael Phelps had his game face on before a match, and everybody watching noticed that he seemed to have bypassed "intense" and gone straight into "terrifying Sith Lord" territory. Almost immediately, the "Angry Michael Phelps" meme began to circulate on Twitter.

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PhelpsFace meme
Via Twitter/@hehateme2012.

The #PhelpsFace hashtag inspired countless hilarious Photoshop creations like this one.

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We Are All Aly Raisman's Parents

Ali Raisman's Parents at Olympics
Via NBC Universal.

Gymnast Aly Raisman's parents made headlines when they were recorded sitting literally on the edge of their seats as their daughter performed. The video clip went viral for all the right reasons; we can all understand how nerve wracking it must be to watch your loved one go for the gold!  

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The Most Useless Award Goes To....

Lifeguard Olympics
Via Reddit/justinsmama.

Another excellent meme developed when a Redditor noticed a very bored-looking lifeguard watching the Olympic swimmers. Soon, the lifeguard photo went viral along with the title of "World's Most Useless Job."

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Green Pool Contributes To The #RioProblems

Rio Problems Green Pool
Via Twitter @wyshynski.

When the Olympic diving pool inexplicably turned a shocking shade of green, the internet couldn't help but notice! The athletes continued to gamely use the chemically-imbalanced pool, even though several of them noted that it not only looked bad, but it also smelled terrible. "The whole building smells like a fart," one German diver told reporter Tom Steinfort.


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BYO Hazmat Suit

Olympics uniform meme
Via Sizzle.

With everything that's going on in Brazil right now, many people are worried about catching a serious illness.  Many athletes dropped out of the games out of concern over Zika and other ailments. Naturally, the people of the internet decided that a full-on Breaking Bad-style hazmat suit is the only solution.

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Oprah's "You Get a Car" Meme

Oprah You Get Zika Meme
Via imgflip.

Oprah, there are times when you might be too generous; and this is one of those times.

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God Bless 'Murica

Murica meme
Via Attn.

Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics for the U.S. of A. And of course, it was for shooting a gun. *Facepalm*

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Hold On To Your Fanny Packs, Tourists

Rio Olympics Meme
Via Reddit/azqaz.

Meanwhile, gifs and videos of tourists getting mugged are springing up all over the internet. Or, if they're Ryan Lochte and those three other (lesser known; sorry, guys) swimmers... they're just lying about getting mugged in order to save face with their mommies. 

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Mmm, Tastes Like Steroids

Russian Mosquito
Via Twitter/@gazzpash.

At the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, 118 Russian athletes were not allowed to compete due to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Repercussions still abound at the summer games, with some Russian athletes getting booed by the crowd, and at least one American swimmer (Lily King) calling out a Russian competitor by shaking her finger at her in admonishment. 

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Shaunae Miller's Epic Dive

Shaunae Miller's Dive Meme
Via GossipOnThis.

During the 400 meter dash, Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller chose a unique way to reach the finish line; forgoing running in the final seconds of the race, she instead chose to fling her body across the finish line. She won the gold and stirred controversy, while also inspiring funny memes like these.

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Classic Internet. Don't Ever Change

Via Facebook/Olympic Memes.

Immature? Definitely. Still funny, though.

*Deal with it*

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Gotta Catch 'Em All?

Pokemon Go Olympics
Via MyFunnyPalace.

It's official: Pokemon Go is officially everywhere, even at the Rio games.

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Who's The Dope Now?

Michael Phelps meme
Via We Know Memes.

Oh yeah, and one more thing about Michael Phelps... remember that time he got caught smoking marijuana? Yeah, about that.... He still rocked Rio, giving hope to stoners everywhere.

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The Hero the Internet Needs

Cody Miller thanks Imgur
Via Imgur @Skettimagoo.

Imgur, the popular image-sharing site favored by Redditors, has a tight knit commenter community of its own. One of those community members just happens to be United States Olympic swimmer Cody Miller, AKA Batmansbreaststroke. Previously Miller has shared his journey to the Olympics, including how he overcame certain health disadvantages along the way, with the Imgur community. After winning the bronze medal in the Men's 100m Breaststroke, Miller took a moment in his post-victory interview to thank everyone important to him... including IMGUR!

The crowd literally went wild.

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Can Richard Funk?

Can Richard Funk
Via Twitter @WordUpBuck.

Sometimes, it's all in the name. Just ask Canadian Richard Funk!

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Come At Me, Bro

Via Twitter/@SooperMexican.

It's okay; at least you tried. You're all winners to us, especially since we're all sitting on our comfortable couches, judging your performance and your super athletic body that you have spent your whole life perfecting. No big deal.

Best of luck to all of the athletes in Rio!