The US Olympic group is standing out on the in additional methods than one. Viewers have observed Group USA wears a really distinct face masks on the medal podium — the place they have been fairly a bit already.
Their white masks look sort of like particular person face accordions, that includes a pleated entrance and a jutting profile, with the letters “USA” in crimson on one facet. The masks have led social-media customers to match the group members to everybody from Batman villain Bane to fictional cannibal Hannibal Lector.
Group USA’s masks are made by Nike, and the particular model is known as the Nike Venturer. Whereas Group USA is carrying white masks, Nike is promoting black masks on its web site. At $60, they don’t seem to be low cost, and so they’re not but obtainable for buy. A consultant for Nike instructed CNET, “the masks will quickly be obtainable for shoppers” however did not provide an actual date.
“The world is your stadium, however city landscapes can deliver grime to your sport,” the web description reads. “Strap on Nike’s first efficiency masks of its type made for optimum breathability. Designed for sport, inbuilt nostril cushion and chin insert helps it keep in place once you’re going arduous.”
“The distinctive origami-inspired pleated design permits for optimum air move and air quantity throughout the light-weight, mesh masks,” Nike stated in its assertion. Origami, the artwork of paper folding, has an extended historical past in Japan, which hosts this 12 months’s Olympics.
Bane, is that you simply?
Some social-media customers felt the masks made wearers appear like Bane, the creepy Batman villain, memorably performed by Tom Hardy in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
“You can also appear like Bane on the medal stand of life with the Nike Venturer facemask for the low, low value of $60,” wrote one Twitter person.
Mentioned one other, “Group USA masks for the rostrum appear like the medalists are about to shut off Gotham’s bridges and turn into allies with darkness.”
Canine muzzle? Hannibal Lecter?
Olympics watchers discovered loads of different issues to which they might examine the Group USA face masks, from canine muzzles to house shuttles to creepy cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
One individual thought they sort of regarded like canine muzzles.
“Who ever designed USA face masks is a extremely large canine lover and it exhibits,” wrote one Twitter person.
Like it! Hate it!
Regardless of the masks regarded like, opinions have been blended.
“Whoever designed the masks for the US athletes actually did them soiled,” wrote one Twitter person.
But some wished to purchase their very own, with one individual writing, “That masks appears to be like prefer it may very well be actually comfy. Truthfully, I wish to know extra.”
You may be seeing extra of the outsized masks — the Tokyo Olympics run by way of Aug. 8.