5 Olympians who won the gold medal in throwing shade.

5 Olympians who won the gold medal in throwing shade.

A lot has happened so far in the 2016 Olympics. We've seen the human body pushed to the very extremes of what it's capable of; we've seen white boys be white boys; we've seen historic wins. And we've seen historic levels of shade. "Delete your account"-level shade. The kind of shade only an Olympian (or Hillary Clinton) could pull off.

Here are five Olympians who may not have won the gold, but they won the gold in shade-throwing, which is clearly more important in today's world.

1. Lilly King

The American swimmer let those doped up Russians know who's actually #1 with the finger wag heard around the world.

All hail Lilly King, Queen of Shade.

2. Hope Solo

The women's national soccer team star was not such a good sport when her team lost to Sweden this summer. “We played a bunch of cowards," she said. "The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that.”


Hope's comments prove her tongue is as sharp as her goalie skills.


3. Islam El Shehaby

Who knew heavyweight fighters could be so cold? After losing in a men's heavyweight judo match, Egypt's Islam El Shehaby threw the ultimate shade by refusing to shake hands or bow to his opponent, Israel's Or Sasson. Even the crowd was not on board with this level of shade and boo'd his bad manners.


El Shehaby was later reprimanded and sent home from the Olympics, because when it comes to throwing shade, subtlety is everything.

4. Michael Phelps

When it comes to stink eye, no one made a bigger impression this Olympic season than Michael Phelps. Him viciously eyeing down his opponent, South African swimmer Chad Le Clos, before the men's 200m butterfly, quickly went viral.

The expression has even been tattoo'd on at least one person's body, forever.


5. Usain Bolt

This pic of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt mischievously grinning at his competitors behind him is shade at its most joyful and triumphant. Bolt won gold in the men's 100 meter sprint, but more importantly, he won the gold medal in throwing shade. He makes it look easy.

Nothing hurts the competition like smiling while you beat them. Better luck next time, USA. We may have more medals, but Jamaica won the shade olympics.


Honorable Mention:

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney didn't compete in the 2016 Olympics but she deserves a shout out for an eye roll in 2012 was so memorable it made her into a meme four years later that is practically the embodiment of shade. Since competing in the 2012 Olympics, Maroney has since retired for a quieter, more stable life as a pop star. But we'll always remember her for this:

A year ago today

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She even posted her shade-face on her own Instagram account a year later, proof that Maroney is proud to be the poster girl for Olympic shade. As she should be!