Phil Olsen – Beard Team USA (California)
As the founder and self-appointed Captain of Beard Team USA, Phil's objective is to assemble an unstoppable American Team to take down the Germans at the next World Championships in Norway. However, Phil's relationship with his protégé Jack Passion evolves from one as mentor and coach to one riddled with increasingly apparent favoritism. While Phil seems to believe his coddling of Jack only strengthens the team (by elevating its star and the image of the sport) it appears to have the opposite effect: alienating others within the ranks. Will Phil's hubris ultimately lead to a balkanization of Beard Team USA, or will he be able to hold their public image together, and keep his place as the figurehead of American bearding?