Ski jumper Robert Johansson may have immortalized himself in the pantheon of Olympic history by helping Norway to its first ever gold medal in men’s team ski jumping. He also won a pair of individual bronzes, for the men’s large hill and men’s normal hill individuals. But the 27-year-old Lillehammer native had already made a splash at the PyeongChang Games before he even strapped on his skies, thanks to his magnificent mustache. The perfectly trimmed, ginger turned-up bristles have been a hit on social media and the subject of
gushing odes from journalists.
While Johansson most definitely tops the podium when it comes to Olympic facial hair, there are plenty of other hairy lipped contenders at the PyeongChang Games. Here is our honor roll of Olympic athletes sporting the strongest facial hair features at these Games.
Norway’s Robert Johansson is definitely setting the standard in PyeongChang when it comes to Olympic facial hair. The 27-year-old Norwegian is a gold and two-time bronze medalist at these Games. However, he may be best remembered for the meticulously curled ginger ‘stache that’s earned him the nickname, “the Flying Moustache.” (Getty)
Gaze again upon it’s gingery, curled-up glory.(Getty)
American curler Matt Hamilton hasn’t had quite the Games he had hoped for. The Wisconsin native, who competed in mixed doubles with his sister, looks set to head home medaless. But apart from a meme comparing him to Super Mario, he will be fondly remembered for his might, midwestern face fitting. (Getty)
Richard Freitag can take credit for helping Germany over the line for the silver medal in the men’s ski jumping team event. But as capable as Freitag might be in the air, we’ll always appreciate him for the fine patch of face fur he sports between his nose and upper lip.(Getty)
French biathlete Martin Fourcade will leave PyeongChang with not one, but two gold medals. The 29-year-old also sports a neat beard that we assume provides a bit of extra protection against the elements that assumedly comes in handy when skiing from target range to target range. (Getty)
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won gold in the alpine skiing men’s giant slalom. In addition to his prowess on the slopes, Hirshcer also sports a darn suave facial barnet. (Getty)
Shaggy haired Canadian speed skater Samuel Girard won a gold medal in short track speed skating. And he did it while looking good, thanks to his hipster folk-singer style chin fuzz. (Getty)
Aksel Lund Svindal is one of numerous Norwegian gold medalists at the PyeongChang Olympics. He also sports a tidy patch of Norwegian face fungus that puts him in podium contention for our shortlist of the best facial hair at the 2018 Winter Games. (Getty)
Sjinkie Knegt is one of numerous Dutch speed skaters to medal in PyeongChang. Taking the ice by storm is awesome, but it’s even better when you do it sporting an imperial Abe Lincoln-style neck curtain. (AP)
Austrian luger David Gleirscher is another gold medalist at the PyeongChang Games. The 23-year-old is also the proud owner of well-kept admiral’s pennant that must come in handy for keeping your cheeks warm when hurtling down an icy luge track. (Getty)
Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin is headed home from the Games medaless, but we’ll always have fond memories of his lush, full chin curtain. (Getty)
Once last look at the kind of true Olympic graceness that would make Kaiser Wilhelm proud. (Getty)