Published January 08, 2015
When Eva Samkova dominated the snowboardcross final on Sunday to win the gold medal, a lined mustache on her upper lip begged the question: Hipster or political statement?
Turns out the thin lines in red, white and blue — the colors of the Czech flag — were about superstition and patriotism.
"It's a lucky mustache," she said. "Today, it's in national colors."
Samkova started wearing the lucky mustache at the world championships in 2011.
— By Oskar Garcia — Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
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