SOCHI SCENE: Samkova's stache

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Photo - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — 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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