Team USA forced to remove Constitution from hockey goalie’s mask

Team USA’s hockey goalie, Jessie Vetter, has redesigned her mask to remove part of the U.S. Constitution because it violated Olympic rules against “propaganda.”

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter says, according to NBC Sports:

No form of publicity or propaganda, commercial or otherwise, may appear on persons, on sportswear, accessories or, more generally, on any article of clothing or equipment whatsoever worn or used by the athletes or other participants in the Olympic Games, except for the identification – as defined in paragraph 8 below – of the manufacturer of the article or equipment concerned, provided that such identification shall not be marked conspicuously for advertising purposes.

The International Olympic Committee views the constitutional reference as promoting the United States over other countries, said the mask’s designer, Ron Slater.

“No writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed,” Slater told InGoal in an email. “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.”

Vetter was allowed to keep depictions of the Statue of Liberty, a screaming bald eagle and a “USA” shield.

For the record, in 2010, U.S. goalie Ryan Miller had to remove “Miller Time” from his mask, and teammate Jonathan Quick scrubbed “Save Our Troops” from his, according to NBC.

Here’s a look at Vetter’s old mask:

Vetter's old mask

And here’s the new mask:


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