In 2005, Lynn Franks-Meinert founded a dragonboat racing team called Pink Steel to honor a friend who died of breast cancer. The Pittsburgh-based team is made up of cancer survivors and gives the women an outlet and support group. Dragonboating originated in China roughly 2,500 years ago, but recently it has made a cultish resurgence in some U.S. cities. A typical dragonboat resembles a long, slender canoe, albeit one elaborately adorned with a dragon head to ward off evil spirits. A crew of 20 rows in unison to the beat of a drum.
Last month the Steel City Dragons won the overall championship of the BCS division at the United States Dragon Boat Federation 2010 US Club Crew National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.