Finally, here it is; my mask for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games!
Thank you so much to everyone for their great ideas and suggestions, I tried to take in as many as possible that would fit to me and my personality. Thank you again!
The center piece of the mask is a toque. The toque I was wearing on the picture I posted back in December when asking for ideas. This was besides the Swiss Cross and chocolate and all that, the most voted idea. I really liked this idea!
Going into the little details, on the chin, there is the Swiss Cross which all of the 6 goalies (women and men) of the Swiss team have. This displays a common appearance of all the Swiss goalies. Around the Swiss Cross, there is my jersey number, 41. I wanted this to be small, as the Olympic Games are, my opinion, not about the individual athlete but the country that athlete represents.
On the sides, underneath the toque, is a gondola. A gondola is very common in Switzerland with the many mountains we have. Also, it is a childhood memory when my family went skiing around Christmas time. Right under the gondola, you’ll see the Matterhorn mountain. The most famous mountain in Switzerland!
Off the Matterhorn, there is a typical Swiss train but with the extra of a steam locomotive. The steam then would create another Swiss Cross.
On the back plate, there is yet again a Swiss Cross, filled with chocolate, a cowbell, swiss cheese and a watch. All symbols of what Switzerland stands for. The watch in the middle also represents “the time is now”, time for the 2018 Games to start, time for the hockey tournament to start, time for us to show what we’ve got, and lastly time for me to show my performance. The Swiss Cross has angle wings on the left and right. These wings are now called the Swiss wings, hopefully making us fly far during these Olympic Games.
Also, there are Edelweiss flowers all over the mask, a representation of a typical and common Swiss flower.
Lastly, and this is the most important part! There are approximately 364 little stones, representing the most important people that have brought me to where I am today as an athlete, but also as a person. The list is long, my parents, family, relatives, coaches, teachers, teammates and many more are in there. On that list, there are also people that I don’t personally know and they might not even know who I am, but they have inspired me at one point in my life.
With that being said, a huge thank you for everyone that has supported me throughout my life as an athlete and as a person! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Let me know if you have any questions about my mask, I’d be more than willing to answer!