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  • U.S. Hockey Player Forced to Remove Constitution from Mask at Olympics

    The U.S. Constitution has been banned by the International Olympic Committee – at least in one way.

    U.S. women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter is heading to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympic Winter Games next month. She planned to adorn her hockey mask, using 23 karat gold paint, with the opening lines of the Constitution, “We The People.”

    Vetter won’t see that vision come to light, however, as the International Olympic Committee denied her the opportunity, ruling that it had to be deleted.

    The mask’s artist, Ron Slater, said in GOAL Magazine, that the IOC wanted it removed “because no writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed.”

    The decision from the committee was based on IOC’s Rule 51, which bans advertising or propaganda on equipment at the Olympics. Four years ago, one athlete was regulated out of having “support our troops” on his mask and another from donning a tribute to his late cousin.

    Meanwhile, the Slovakian hockey team has their entire national anthem sewn into to the stripes on their hockey sweaters.

    >>> Read More: Heritage’s Interactive Guide to the Constitution

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