Olympic Snowboarder Sarka Pancochova Marries Girlfriend in Romantic Ceremony
The wedding featured snowboarders, bourbon, and a bear. Oh my!
Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova married her girlfriend Kaileen Barley in a romantic ceremony in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State recently. The guests included family, friends, and one curious, uninvited, yet delightfully photogenic bear. The happy newlyweds celebrated their nuptials with a kiss and a long swig of bourbon. Luckily for us, Pancochova posted the heartwarming pics, taken by Cindy Santini (@cindian), to her own Instagram (@sarkasnow), and we've got them all just for you!
A two-time Olympian, Pancochova came out in a 2017 interview with Gretchen Pleshaw of OutSports. At the time, she said she wasn't afraid of losing sponsors or facing bigoted athletes or fans "because people nowadays don't even care about it" and later adding "it is really not the big deal and especially you know in America or anywhere else in the world."
The happy couple had originally wanted to wait until marriage equality was legalized in Pancochova's home country of the Czech Republic so they could get married there. Progress has been made, but sadly marriage equality is still not legal in the former Soviet satellite state.
Pancochova, and her new spouse, Barley, couldn't have chosen a more perfect setting to exchange their vows. In the end, it was pretty clear this loving couple made all the right choices and have a great start to living the rest of their lives together.