Chinese table tennis player Zhang Jike (L), Zhang Yining (C) and shooting athlete Zhang Mengxue (R) [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]
Chinese netizens recently have found out that some outstanding Chinese athletes surnamed Zhang are frequently captured with an indifferent expression, deemed their "poker faces".
Chinese table tennis players Zhang Yining and Zhang Jike, as well as shooting athlete Zhang Mengxue are representatives of this phenomenon.
Netizens subtitled their photos with Chinese characters "冷(lěng)漠(mò)", which means "indifferent" in Chinese, as a new "emoji package" set.
Some even compared their poker faces with Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui's dramatic facial expressions, which have been an Internet favorite, since her extreme facial expressions also went viral from an interview given after the race that won her the bronze in the women's 100m backstroke on August 8th in Rio.
Zhang Yining is a former Chinese table tennis player and has been considered one of the greatest female table tennis players in the history of the sport.
Zhang Jike is a reigning Olympic champion in singles and the fourth male player in the history of table tennis to achieve a career grand slam.
Zhang Mengxue is a member of China's national shooting team. She won the country's first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.