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The signs for Barry Fletcher’s line of hair-care products—found at Scott’s Beauty Supply locations throughout D.C.—state one claim that makes his mousses and pomades stand out from all the rest: Fletcher, a Mitchellville, Md., resident, is a “U.S. Olympic hairdresser.” There’s no hairdressing event in Athens, however: Fletcher is a multiple medalist in the International Hair Olympics. Fletcher, at the time only the competition’s second black competitor, is now a few years removed from his Olympic heyday—he competed at the biannual event in 1994 and 1996—but he says the experience is still paying dividends: At a convention in Atlanta this month, Fletcher sold out three of his hairdressing seminars—which he attributes to his Olympic titles. Confusion, however, persists. “They thought I [had done] Tonya Harding’s hair,” he says. —Mike DeBonis