IOC Says Lady Liberty Can Stay On US Women's Hockey Masks

IOC Says Lady Liberty Can Stay On US Women's Hockey Masks

IOC Says Lady Liberty Can Stay On US Women's Hockey Masks

USA Hockey confirmed the images would remain on the helmets of goaltenders Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby for Tuesday's faceoff against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation at Kwandong Hockey Centre.

The issue: the pair of netminders have the Statue of Liberty painted on their helmets.

Hensley, who helped the U.S. women's team capture the past two world championships, has a large Statue of Liberty image painted on the left side of her mask.

The IOC reportedly threatened the US women's hockey team with a ban of the patriotic image during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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The International Olympic Committee reportedly wants the goalies to remove the image because it violates IOC rules about political symbols on uniforms.

The IOC said no item worn or used by a team may feature "the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivation words, or public/political messaging related to national identity".

Andrea Mazzarelli of USA Hockey told The Associated Press that the tean has been told the masks are approved as is, requiring no modifications.

With a United States of America win later, the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland would be set for matches to decide U.S. and Canadian semi-final foes.

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Both players did not appear in the US's 3-1 victory over Finland on Sunday. South Korean goalie Matt Dalton also had to take off a drawing of Korean naval commander Admiral Yi Sun-shin before this year's games.

The United States' women's hockey team may be forced to make some unexpeced changes ahead of its second game of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A similar incident occured at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, where Ryan Miller, the American men's goaltender, was asked to cover up an "It's Miller Time" logo on his mask in reference to an advertising campaign for the popular beer.

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