Skeleton slider John Fairbairn has a degree in mechanical engineering, and was given the moniker “Brains” after a track announcer mispronounced his name. “I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and so I’ve had a brain painted on my helmet.”
Eric Neilson, meanwhile, took a different approach with his demon head: “The helmet is on fire,” he said Wednesday.
“Unlike John, apparently I’m a complete idiot.”
“I think it’s one of the opportunities that we have in our sport to show our own personalities,” said Calgary slider Sarah Reid, who has painted a Day of the Dead image on hers with a girl and skulls.
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– With a report from Alan Baldwin, Reuters