Craziest Olympic Helmets

Personalized Olympic helmets intimidate and intrigue in Vancouver.

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Slovenia's Tina Maze's helmet might make competitors do a double take as she competes in the Downhill
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New Zealand's Ben Sandford's fierce and ghoulish helmet is seen to full effect as he gets a running start in men's Skeleton.
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When he's not competing for the Germans, goalkeeper Thomas Greiss is the backup goaltender for the San Jose Sharks. The evidence is painted all over his helmet.
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Jon Montgomery of Canada points to the maple leaf on his helmet after winning the gold medal in the men's skeleton.
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Amy Williams of Great Britain and Northern Ireland goes for a Union Jack theme during women's skeleton.
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A close up of Amy William's helmet shows it did its job after the women's skeleton... the Union Jack is all scraped up.
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Stars, stripes and a bad ass looking eagle cover U.S. women's ice hockey goal keeper Jessie Vetter's patriotic helmet.
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Ireland's Patrick Shannon isn't just trying to intimidate his competitors with the "Angel of Death." He's also paying homage to his horrific crash in 2007.
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Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger" the Olympic motto adorns the back of hockey goal keeper Noora Raty of Finland's helmet.
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Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth honors her rodeo background with a horse skull on her skeleton helmet. And, of course, Visa, proud sponsor of the Winter Olympic Games.
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Patriotism is everywhere for USA's Mike Kohn and Nick Cunningham during the Two-Man Bobsleigh.
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Anja Huber of Germany goes for the gold - literally - with her women's skeleton helmet.
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Goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak of Slovakia appears to be his own number one fan... because the face painted on his helmet looks just like him.
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It's all about American pride for Katie Uhlaender of The United States who competes in the women's skeleton.
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Team USA goalie Ryan Miller is all about patriotism with a muscle-bound Uncle Sam who looks ready to rumble.
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Miller was told to cover up "Miller Time" on his helmet and so that he was in line with IOC Rule No. 51 against "advertising, demonstrations, propaganda." However "Matt Man," which was a tribute to his cousin who died of cancer, was allowed to stay on.
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Tim Thomas of the United States goes a little more comic-book-esque with his patriotic eagle artwork.
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Under IOC Rule No. 51 against "advertising, demonstrations, propaganda" Team USA goalie Tim Thomas was ordered to remove the initials of his three children that were painted on his helmet. He has a sticker covering it.
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Not very intimidating -- unless you get scared by Hello Kitty and Rainbow Brite -- it's a unicorn for Shinsuke Tayama of Japan competing in the men's skeleton.
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Swiss Army Knife? No, it's Carlo Janka of Switzerland competing in Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Downhill.
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Russian goalkeeper Evgeni Nabokov has the standard of the President of the Russian Federation emblazoned on his helmet to fully coordinate with his jersey.
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You have to wonder if Team USA's Ted Ligety likes orange sherbet.
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Canadians love the maple leaf and Goalie Martin Brodeur of Canada is no different. His helmet has a cool Canadian feel.
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Slovenia's Tina Maze's helmet might make competitors do a double take as she competes in the Downhill
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Looks a little like Halloween for Edwin Van Calker and Sybren Jansma of Netherlands during the men's two-man bobsleigh.
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USA's Julia Mancuso sticks with her trademark tiara -- a princess crown painted on her helmet for skiing.
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Kazuhiro Koshi of Japan removes his helmet bearing a golden dragon after his final run in the Men's Skeleton.
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It's all about enraged beavers for Jeff Pain of Canada as he competes in the men's skeleton.
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