A broken glass, a shoe tossed over the shoulder, and spiders in the house all signify good fortune according to Czech folk customs. But a Tom-Selleck-style ’stache?
At least one successful Czech considers it an effective good-luck charm.
Since 2011, Olympic medalist Eva Samkova has been sporting a painted-on mustache in the colors of the Czech flag before hitting the slopes.
Eva Samkova getting her mustache drawn on before finals, as is her tradition. pic.twitter.com/ZHcb97Wq09
— Shawn Smith (@ShawnSmithNBC) February 16, 2014
Samkova debuted the red-white-and-blue fauxstache at the 2011 Snowboarding World Championships in La Molina.
When asked why she started rocking the colorful pencil-thin the 24-year-old Vrchlabí native told reporters, “I wanted to have fun.”
Samkova’s gender-bending antics have been the subject of multiple articles in the international media, especially during coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
It certainly worked for the snowboarding dynamo back then—Samkova raced to a gold medal in the snowboard cross at Sochi.
And it seems to have done the trick once again. Before taking home a bronze today in the same event at PyeongChang, Samkova painted on her trademark handlebar mustache.
— Shawn Smith (@ShawnSmithNBC) February 16, 2018
New Olympic champ, Italian Michela Moioli took gold with a bare upper lip.
To watch coverage of the 2018 Olympic games from PyeongChang see here.
For more Czech superstitions see here.