Beard Team USA: Willing and Able
Faithful readers of this website will remember the entertaining and informative Q+A session we had with Phil Olsen, self-proclaimed captain of Beard Team USA, back in February.
Since Phil is a man of his word, he sent us a Beard Team USA update, prior to their trip to the World Beard and Moustache Championships in England on September 1st. This year's contest, however, will be anything but a cakewalk, as the always-dangerous German team is bringing their usual no-nonsense approach to the contest.
"Ze Germans" will be a tough nut to crack, but Phil remains confident that Beard Team USA, not without its own heavy guns, will be able to give them a run for their money.
Phil fills us in on all the current goings-on in the world of professional facial-hair growing competition in an update that we received in our mailbag last night:
Beard Team USA is hoping to bring home plenty of gold from the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Brighton, England, on September 1.
This quirky, bienniel celebration of secondary masculine sexual characteristics features hairy face-offs in seventeen separate categories ranging from the delicate Dali moustache to the anything-goes freestyle full beard.
America's team will field a squad of at least 40 competitors, making it the third largest team, behind host England and always dominant Germany, where the competition began. The best hope for USA gold is in the uniquely American sideburns category, where current world champ Toot Joslin (pictured above, at left) hopes to repeat for the red, white, and blue.
In 2009 the World Beard and Moustache Championships will return to the USA, taking place in Anchorage, Alaska.
For additional information, contact Phil Olsen (pic below). Telephone: (530) 581-3940. Cell: (530) 414-0462. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see the official Beard Team USA website at www.worldbeardchampionships.com.
At the risk of sounding overly sentimental, using only the written word cannot do justice to the kaleidoscope of emotions spinning through our minds like a whirlwind.
We salute our boys from Beard Team USA, and wish them all the best in their physical and mental preparation for the world championships coming up in a few short weeks.