James Magnussen’s Beard Growing Skills Are Quite Epic

Australian sprint star James Magnussen is known for his blistering speed in the water. The 2x reigning World Champion, Olympic silver medalist and the fastest man ever in a textile suit (47.1) in the 100m freestyle is one of Australia’s biggest sports stars.

But did you know that he could also grow a rather exceptional beard?

When we see our favorite swimmers on television, it is almost always at a big competition. Trials. World Champs. The Olympics. As such, they tend to be tapered, rested, and yes, fully shaved. As a result, when we do see them with hair — whether on their head, body or face — it almost comes as a bit of a surprise.

Photo via Magnussen's Facebook Page
Photo via Magnussen’s Facebook Page

As a fellow beard grower, I will always respect a man who can grow a thick, lushy beard. And by great Oden’s raven can Magnussen grow one.

The following video was shown on Australian television in the run-up to the London Olympics.


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Olivier Poirier-Leroy Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of YourSwimLog.com. He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.

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