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Skibowl volunteer wins gold in synchronized swimming

Lucie Svrcinava brings home two medals from FINA Championship

Lucie Svrcinava has spent several years volunteering with Mt. Hood Skibowl. Now, the business is celebrating her successes.

After competing in the 2014 FINA, or Fédération Internationale de Natation, World Masters Championships in Montreal, Canada, Svrcinava has brought home two gold medals. She won a solo gold medal and a duet gold medal with partner Sarah Beth Pfohman for synchronized swimming.

The competition takes place every two years allowing swimmers, divers and water polo players age 25 to more than 100 from all over the world to compete.

The event promotes fitness, friendship, understanding and competition.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Svrcinava began swimming at the age of 7 and went on to swim for the Czech Olympic team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Svrcinava has been the head coach in synchronized swimming at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland since 2013. Prior to her appointment she was assistant coach for eight years.

Her program has nearly 70 participants ranging from age 6 to 80.

When not swimming, she splits her time between working in Portland and spending time at Skibowl with her longtime partner Petr Kakes, who lives near Zigzag. Kakes also has had a hand in Olympic competition, racing in speed skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Kakes runs the Olympic Skibowl Ski School, Hurricane Racing bike shop and the Historic Mid-Mountain Warming Hut.

According to Hans Wipper of Skibowl, Svrcinava often volunteers at Skibowl’s summer Mountain Bike Races.