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Jessie Vetter’s Olympic hockey mask has U.S. Constitution removed

Jan 16, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

Words from the U.S. Constitution have been taken off U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter‘s Olympic hockey mask that includes actual gold to conform to International Olympic Committee standards.

It is in regard to Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which states:

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.

“No writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed,” designer Ron 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.”

In 2010, U.S. goalies Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick had to alter their masks. Miller had to remove the words, “Miller Time,” while Quick had to lose “Support Our Troops.”

Here’s Vetter’s old mask:


Here’s the new mask:

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  1. thailer35 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM


    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      LOL, the last thing Czar Vladimir wants to see is anything suggesting We The People should have much say in running a nation.

      • lctp72 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        This is an Olympic rule, not a Russian one.

      • jwcamp - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        You are an idiot.

      • jwcamp - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        That’s toward “nothanksimdriving123”

  2. mogogo1 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I can understand the basic idea behind the rule but how was “Miller Time” (meaning the guy’s name) a problem? And it is rather sad that a concept like freedom would be taboo at the Olympics.

    But the IOC isn’t about anything other than kickbacks and scratching their own backs. Note the comments the other day from the IOC member upset that the US would actually dare to include gays as part of the Olympic delegation. If the money was right, these IOC members would be out there helping lock people in cages.

    • jwcamp - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      “Miller Time” is a beer advertising slogan as well. As a matter of fact he took it from the beer advertisement.

      • mogogo1 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        In another inconsistency, having the Constitution on a hockey mask where only “We the People” is actually legible is a problem, yet Slovakia can have their national anthem printed on their jerseys?

      • Nick Zaccardi - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Yeah, the enforcement of these rules leaves questions for sure.

  3. potbellyjoe - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Must not have been willing to pay the bribe…

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