Make no mistake, the Olympic swimming events are bringing pure fire and drama to prime time.

A day after quite an eventful day in the pool in Rio, the tension was once again tight surrounding the various Olympic events, Not surprisingly, that’s our main focus in today’s edition of The Cheat Sheet. Let’s get caught up on some of the stories we covered yesterday and perhaps some that you missed or had fried out of your head by Michael Phelps’ heat vision.

Michael Phelps puts his meme face on

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American swimming legend Michael Phelps was back in action Tuesday night, hoping to take care of business in the 200M butterfly to advance to the medal round. He did just that, finishing with the second fastest time in his heat, saying afterward he felt it was one of his best swims in this category in some time. We all know he was holding a little something back, knowing all he had to do was finish high enough to qualify for the next stage of the competition. No problem there. What we didn’t necessarily anticipate seeing was Phelps serving up a look of determination that quickly escalated into its own meme.

Lilly King slays her rival as well

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The stage was set for an epic showdown between American swimmer Lilly King and Russian Yulia Efimova in the 100M breaststroke. The previous night, during qualifying heats, King was caught on camera wagging her finger at a television screen showing the Russian swimmer. It was on from there, and King took care of business in record fashion.

If you had not been paying attention to the little rivalry, King has been vocal about the idea Efimova being allowed to compete is ridiculous considering she previously served a  16-month ban for doping. Efimova failed another drug test earlier this year but managed to have an appeal overturn the ruling, thus allowing her to compete at the Olympics following a late decision. After defeating her Russian rival with an Olympic record time of 1:04.93, King still had some choice words to say.

Quick Hits

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– Michael Jordan continues to give back, this time with a $5 million donation to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

– Speaking of all-time great basketball players, LeBron James showed off his latest trolling effort.

– NBA players are used to having someone take their empty water bottles during timeout breaks, but such assistance is nowhere to be found in the Olympics. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George seemed to forget that at one point on the bench yesterday against Venezuela.

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.