Behold the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian skeleton team’s helmets

Jay Busbee

All right, this is good stuff. Behold the helmet of Canadian skeletoner Sarah Reid. It's one of the high-concept helmets for four members of the Canadian skeleton contingent, and you'll see plenty of them next month in Sochi.

"I had been wanting to get my helmet painted for quite a while, and originally wanted an image that I found off the Internet of a girl’s face that was half normal, half skull," Reid told Canada's official Olympic website, thereby assuring that she will be metalheads' favorite Olympian. When an artist informed her that a symmetrical look would be better, she went with a "Day of the Dead" approach.

Here's fellow skeletoner Eric Neilson:

His explanation for his helmet is equally straightforward: "The story behind mine was pretty much that I wanted a very bad ass helmet. I know you can’t put that in a write up, but that’s what I wanted. It’s pretty much a 'Demon Head' helmet that is on fire and is breathing fire out of the mouth that are skulls." Again, awesome.

Next up, John Fairbairn, with the neon brain:

Finally, there's Mellissa Hollingsworth, who won Canada's first-ever medal in skeleton, a bronze at Turin in 2006:

We love all of these and are now declaring Canada our favorite skeleton team of the Games.

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