United States women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter was expected to wear a costume goalie mask for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The goalie mask, which you can see here, was to feature the Constitution on the back, but that idea was almost immediately nixed by the International Olympic Committee.
Because of a few rules, the Preamble to the Constitution has been removed, along with some other changes to the helmet.
Kevin Woodley of InGoal Mag shared some details:
“No writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed,” [artist Ron] Slater explained in an email to InGoal. “A sort of ‘our country is better than your country’ kind of thing that the IOC frowns upon. Her name had to come off because they see it as self promotion. They wanted everything to be team based. … Our original idea was ‘land of the free, home of the brave,’ and that would have had to have been removed as well.”
At least Vetter and Slater got to keep the USA logo on the left side of the mask, which was made with real 23 karat gold leaf embossing. If that logo had been an official USA Hockey logo, it too would have been removed. But because it is the logo the American men’s and women’s teams will wear on their jerseys at the Sochi Games (which also can’t be an official USA Hockey logo), it got to stay. So too did the Statue of Liberty on the forehead, which along with he eagle on the right side maintains a patriotic feel of a still great looking lid.
You can see photo comparing the old and new versions of the mask below, via InGoal Mag:
Luckily, the sides of the mask remain unchanged and Vetter will still have one incredible looking helmet when she graces the ice in Sochi: