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How an Artist Made That Awesome Olympics Skeleton Helmet With a Roaring Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Olympic helmet

Date: 02/19/2018 | Source: http://slate.com

If you're keeping up with the Pyeongchang Olympics, chances are you have seen the incredible Skeleton helmet featuring a grizzly bear. Canadian Barrett Martineau didn't win his event - but he definitely had the coolest helmet! Ontario artist Kyle Langlois even painted it for free! The incredible design had maple leaves across the front, but the bear stole the show. Slate reported, "Langlois, who painted the helmet for free because he felt 'a call to duty' to assist a fellow Canadian, did a lot more than put a leaf on it." The whole helmet was decorated using acrylic paint and an airbrush gun. Amazing! 

How an Artist Made That Awesome Olympics Skeleton Helmet With a Roaring Grizzly Bear

Barrett Martineau was never a threat to win a medal in men’s skeleton. The 26-year-old Canadian, who finished in 24th position, didn’t even take a fourth and final face-first run, as those last jaunts down the icy track at the Olympic Sliding Centre were reserved for those in the top 20. But as you can see from the image at the top of this post, Martineau was one of the big winners in Pyeongchang: The Canadian slider had by far the best helmet at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The bear-painting genius behind that helmet is Kyle Langlois. The 33-year-old Langlois, who lives in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and has been doing custom airbrush art for 14 years, told me he got connected to Martineau in 2013. “He wasn’t too specific or picky,” Langlois said, “he was hoping I could maybe put a leaf on it for him or something—something to make it Canadian.” Langlois, who painted the helmet for free because he felt “a call to duty” to assist a fellow Canadian, did a lot more than put a leaf on it.

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