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Here's the skeleton helmet American racer Katie Uhlaender will wear in Sochi

Kevin Kaduk
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 The tweeters have spoken. 

American skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender will wear the helmet pictured above after letting her followers on Twitter select which design they liked best. It's a good choice, too: Big, bold and awesomely American. How can you possibly not feel brave with that proud eagle leading your way down the course?

[Photos: The awesome skelton helmets of Sochi]

The design also has some nice ties to past American success at the Olympics. 

From the Associated Press:

[Uhlaender has] some gold-medal mojo working already. Turns out the helmet was painted by the artist who also did designs for some of Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street's headgear during her alpine skiing career.

"I had a helmet that I've been sliding with since Vancouver basically, with a design that was inspired by Jimmy Shea," Uhlaender said, referring to the 2002 men's skeleton gold medalist from Lake Placid, N.Y. "And then Picabo and I hooked up in 2010 and she's been a mentor, a huge inspiration for me. I got a new helmet and she offered to hook me up with her guy who painted her helmet for the 2002 Games."

Uhlaender wore the helmet during Monday's training runs and placed in the top eight. The officlal skeleton competition takes place this Thursday and Friday. Uhlaender is aiming to become the first American to medal in skeleton since Jimmy Shea and Tristan Gale both took men's and women's gold in Salt Lake City. (Lea Ann Parsley also took silver in the women's skeleton in Salt Lake.) 

Here's the losing design. The differences aren't that big, but did voters make the right choice?

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Katie Uhlaender of the United States starts her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. …

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