2020 Tokyo Olympics: Team USA Masks Are Reminding Fans of Hannibal Lecter, See Pics

by Amy Myers

If you’re watching the post-competition press conferences during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you might be seeing some similarities to the horror film, Silence of the Lambs. At least, that’s what some Twitter users are reporting as they watch Team U.S.A.’s athletes discuss their wins.

Apparently, the thick, white masks that our champions are wearing remind many fans of the famed serial killer and cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, or even Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. While it’s missing a few key features to be an exact match, we can see where they’re coming from.

Take a look at some of our athletes sporting the bizarre face-wear.

Team U.S.A.’s Oddly-Shaped Face Masks at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 21: Yul Moldauer of Team United States adjusts his mask during Men’s Podium Training ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 21, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnast Yul Moldauer might say “You will know my name one day,” but Bane would finish the sentence with “And on that day you will beg for mercy.”

While Olympic triathlete Katie Zafers can pull off just about any headwear, the long shape and wide straps of Team U.S.A.’s official face mask do start to look a bit villainous. Better send out the Bat Signal just in case.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Lydia Jacoby of Team United State speaks to the media after winning a gold medal in the Women’s 100m breaststroke during the Team United States Medalist press conference on Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Tokyo Big Sight on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Even the young prodigy swimmer, Lydia Jacoby, couldn’t make the mask into a trendy fashion statement. Should Team U.S.A. start looking for different, less scary PPE?

Practicality of Team U.S.A.’s Face Masks

Despite their more ominous qualities, Team U.S.A.’s face masks at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are designed for maximum comfort. According to Yahoo! News, Nike created Team U.S.A.’s face masks folded appearance in order to emulate origami.

The unique origami-inspired pleated design allows for optimal air flow and air volume within the lightweight, mesh mask,” Nike explained in a statement to New York Times.

Some fans don’t see the similarities between the masks’ design and Hannibal Lector at all. In fact, they want a mask of their own. Luckily for them, Nike posted on their website that the mask will become available to the public soon. So, for a cost of $60, you can look like one of Team U.S.A.’s athletes. You can even save it for Halloween to double as Batman villain cosplay.