Croatian Mustaches Unveiled
Every time I try to go to a Croatian water polo match, something odd happens that prevents me. Why did I want to see the Croatian water polo team, ranked No. 1 in the world? Mustaches, duh.
Their quotes, too, have suggested that their varied lip fuzz demand to be a major international story; "We came to an idea to do something special, that will be only ours," Croatia's Maro Jokovic told the AP. "And we agreed because we are a team, we fight for each other and we die for each other, and we wanted to do something not so usual among other teams."
And we've seen other papers break out the headlines ("Mustached Croats brush aside opposition," for example, or "Croats pay lip service to team unity; They hope to stash water polo medals" or even "Croatians win it by a whisker"), but I haven't seen a comprehensive photo gallery, aside from the above shot, which is the best Olympic photograph I've ever come across.
Today, though, I happened to be in the office when the Croatia-China came on, and the cameras scrolled the entire Croatian roster, clad in bathrobes and shower shoes, some stroking their mustaches, others bowing to the crowd. It's an impressive display, featuring both stylish variety and aggressive heft. I know the U.S. upset the Croats in pool play (with the N.Y. Times dubbing these mustaches "Borat-style"), but I can't imagine how a team that grows fur like this wouldn't claim gold. Full gallery after the jump.
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