Athlete's Half-Beard Makes Him a Star Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi rocks a strange look By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jul 29, 2015 11:24 AM CDT 18 comments Comments Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi reacts after unsuccessful attempt in the men's high jump during the Athletics Indoor European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (Newser) – One of the biggest names in track at the moment is an Italian high-jumper named Gianmarco Tamberi. And though he's a decent high-jumper, the reason he's making headlines is because he's wearing a half-beard. Tamberi says it's a good-luck charm, reports Quartz, and he did manage a second-place finish over the weekend at a Diamond League meet in London. (Who finished first? Who knows?) It's a "bizarre facial spectacle," declares Esquire, while GQ has more photos but warns away people with OCD.