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Fan Choice Revealed For 2018 U.S. Olympic Luge Team Helmet

By Karen Price | July 10, 2017, 6:59 p.m. (ET)

Luge fans voted Jon Wooten's "All-American Racer" as the official helmet design for USA Luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

 

The fans have spoken, and it’s the “All-American Racer” helmet that members of the USA Luge team will wear when they compete at Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Jon Wooten, of Newport News, Virginia, designed two different options for what team members’ helmets would look like, and then it was up to the fans to vote on their favorite in a poll that ended July 4.

The "All-American Racer" design has red, white and black racing stripes on a silver background and two blue stripes with white stars going down the left and right side of the helmet. A black racing stripe with “USA” written in white comes directly down the middle of the helmet.

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The other option was called "Stars, Stripes and Liberty." It featured an American flag — stripes on one side and stars on the other — and the Statue of Liberty depicted at the top of the helmet.

"All-American Racer" won with 57 percent of the votes.

This is the fourth Olympic Winter Games in which Wooten has designed the U.S. team’s helmets, including 2014 when Erin Hamlin sported his design in Sochi, Russia, while winning the first Olympic luge singles medal in U.S. history. The helmets themselves will be unveiled and given to the athletes at the conclusion of the world cup event on Dec. 16 in Lake Placid, New York.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.