IOC forces U.S. goalie to remove Constitution from mask for Sochi
A goalie for the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team was forced to repaint her new mask this week to remove a representation of the U.S. Constitution from the back plate.
According to InGoal Magazine, the changes were forced on Jessie Vetter by the International Olympic Committee.
“No writing of any kind to promote the country is allowed,” artist Ron Slater told InGoal. “[The IOC frowns upon] any sort of ‘our country is better than your country' kind of thing. Our original idea was ‘land of the free, home of the brave,’ and that would have had to have been removed as well.”
Vetter also had to remove the Olympic rings from the chin and her last name from the back plate because the IOC saw it as "self promotion," Slater said. "They want everything to be team based."
You have to feel bad for Vetter --you know what she was going for here -- but she shouldn't have been surprised by the IOC's tight checking. This isn't the first time American designs have run afoul of the committee's policies. Back in 2010, both Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick were forced to repaint their buckets to remove inappropriate slogans. Quick had to paint over a section that read, "Support Our Troops," while Miller had to get rid of "Miller Time."aren't exactly explicit