Photos of Team USA goalie Ryan Miller’s 2014 Sochi Olympic mask have reportedly sparked a movement for more intimidating helmet designs for the 2016 U.S. Olympic eventing team in Rio. Designer Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs released the hockey helmet images early this week, showing artwork of a screaming bald eagle with demon eyes and a beefy Uncle Sam showing off his USA tattoo.
“I’ve been saying for years that we need a screaming bald eagle on the front of our international helmets, because, you know, this is America,” EN founder John Thier said. The push for helmets that capture the fighting spirit of ‘Merica has reportedly been largely well received by riders. The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee could not be reached for comment, probably because they are busy voting to approve the designs.