The Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo have been the highlight of this summer, bringing many young athletes to the spotlight for their achievements.

One of them is Penny Oleksiak, a 21-year-old competitive swimmer from Toronto, Canada who won silver in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and bronze in the 200-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay at the Tokyo Olympics.

To celebrate her success, the young athlete shared a tweet praising herself and shading one of her high school teachers, referring to them as “WOAT.”

What is the meaning of WOAT?

The slang word is commonly used to describe people who exhibit qualities like arrogance, deception, delusion, dishonesty, ego, envy, greed, hatred, immorality and more.

Simply put, “WOAT” can be used to express that a person, place, thing or event tops the chart as being the worst of all time.

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The Olympic star Penny Oleksiak used the slang to describe a high school teacher of hers and, evidently confused some users of Twitter.

Penny Oleksiak refers to a high school teacher as “WOAT”

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The Canadian swimmer shaded an educator who constantly dragged her down, referring to the high school teacher as Worst Of All Time.

To celebrate her title as “Canada’s most decorated Olympian” with a total of seven Olympic medals, the 21-year-old shared a tweet thanking her WOAT teacher.

“I just googled “Canada’s most decorated Olympian” and my name came up. I want to thank that teacher in high school who told me to stop swimming to focus on school because swimming wouldn’t get me anywhere. This is what dreams are made of,” Oleksiak wrote, shading the high school teacher that didn’t believe in the athlete’s talent.

“In reference to my last tweet no shade at all towards teachers in general, my sister is a teacher and I see her inspiring kids every day. Most of my teachers saw the vision and pushed me towards it. That one who constantly dragged me down though, WOAT,” the Olympic star further explained, ultimately wanting to encourage educators to support their students’ dreams.

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