WBMC medal count goes to Germany; USA, Liechtenstein top participation stats
The United States of America, which established itself in 2009 as the leading power in the international sport of bearding, fell a single gold medal short of retaining its position, when Germany reestablished itself as the top bearding nation at recent 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Norway.
At the same time, America sent by far the largest delegation, remarkable in these difficult economic times. Indeed Norway may be one of the most expensive travel destinations in the world for Americans, whose dollars just don’t go as far as they used to. Thus the high cost of beer (around $14 a pint in a typical pub) and other necessities of life no doubt kept away many American beardsmen who would have loved to compete on the world stage.
In fact some Americans resorted to street begging in order to finance their trips.
In contrast to the USA, other countries posted disappointing participation numbers. Nearby Sweden, barely 55 miles East of Trondheim, sent only four competitors and one judge. In per capita terms, however, Liechtenstein was by far the best represented, with one Liechtensteiner (Norbert Lampert) competing for every 36,000 citizens in the country. Simple math demonstrates that if, for example, China had participated at the same per capita rate as Liechtenstein, there would have been 50,000 Chinese competitors alone.