LocationTahoe City, CA
Phil Olsen is the founder and self-appointed captain of Beard Team USA. He attended his first World Beard and Moustache Championships in Ystad, Sweden, in 1999. Noticing that the sport of bearding brings people together but that America was underrepresented, he embarked on a twin crusade to bring the sport to American and the world and to establish the USA an international facial hair powerhouse.
In 2003, he introduced the sport to America when he organized the worlds held in Carson City, Nevada. In 2009, Beard Team USA succeeded in knocking of Germany for the first time ever as the leading power in international bearding
Competition? He is a perennial also-ran at the worlds, but he won “best beard” at the 2007 Joyce Daze Beard Contest and “blackest beard” at the 2007 Nevada Day Beard contest. During the Eisenhower Administration, he took second place at the annual spelling bee in Mrs. Oakley’s fifth grade class.