IOC: Take 'We the People' Off US Goalie Mask
Constitution quote is 'propaganda,' Olympic bosses say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2014 1:30 AM CST
Updated Jan 17, 2014 4:00 AM CST
Jessie Vetter has had to change her helmet to remove a portion of the preamble to the US Constitution, with the words "We the People", the Olympic rings and her last name.    (AP Photo/Ron Slater)

(Newser) – The goalie for the American women's hockey team has been told to remove a quote from the US Constitution from her helmet because it counts as "propaganda." The illustration of the document including the line "We the People" has been scrubbed from Jessie Vetter's helmet under International Olympic Committee rules, along with her name, though her helmet will still have a bald eagle and a Statue of Liberty on it when she competes at the Sochi Olympics next month, Yahoo reports.

"No writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed," helmet designer Ron Slater tells InGoal magazine. "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." Before the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, Team USA goalies were ordered to remove helmet slogans including "Support Our Troops."

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KDickley
Jan 18, 2014 5:35 PM CST
We all have to learn to conform to the commie Democrat party.
JoeRaySkrha
Jan 17, 2014 10:59 PM CST
I was a GOALIE for St. Edward HS in Cleveland, Ohio 1969-1973, SLU 1973-1977, Cooley Law School 1979-1983. We are there as a team, not as individuals. I was always amazed how the name of the sticks could be so prevalent; Northwood, Sherwood, Nike. I made a Gerry Cheevers mask. Gerry was in Cleveland at the time and often helped us players who were in high school or college. One set of playoffs wanted me to change my mask and wear a cage mask instead of a "Cheevers mask". Our coach interceeded and I got to keep and use my Cheevers mask. That was 40 years ago.
trailmix
Jan 17, 2014 8:26 PM CST
And do not allow the Logo of the Uniform maker allowed on the Olympic Uniforms.