Statue of Liberty cleared for USA helmets

A detailed view of the mask of Nicole Hensley #29 of the United States during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round- Group A game against Olympic Athletes from Russia on day four of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre

Statue of Liberty cleared for USA helmets

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA-Is the Statue of Liberty about to get tossed from the Olympics?

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

The U.S. women's hockey team is apparently mulling changes to its goalies' masks over concerns that the colourful red, white and blue design, which features the iconic statue, violates Olympic rules that bar teams and athletes from displaying political symbols at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

It remains to be answered why the International Olympic Committee has allowed USA Hockey to use the symbol after asking Korean goalie Matt Dalton to remove the image of 16th century naval commander Adm. Yi Sun-sin from his mask.

The Olympic-governing body also banned Shin So-jung, a goaltender of the Korean joint women's hockey team, from wearing a mask bearing an image of her late father.

Lanny Mc Donald #9 of the NHL Heroes gives a friendly pat to the mask of goalie Gerry Cheevers #30 of the Boston Bruins Heroes during the first period of the NHL Heroes of Hockey game played at the Fleet Center in Boston Jan. 19 1996
Statue of Liberty cleared for USA helmets

This Reuters photo shows US women's hockey team goaltender Nicole Hensley wearing a mask with an image of the Statue of Liberty at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 13, 2018.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, that topped not only the mark previously held by Caroline Oullette of Canada at 16 seconds in 2006 against Italy in Turin but also the men's mark of 8 seconds apart set by Carl Goran Oberg of Sweden in 1960 at Squaw Valley.

USA Hockey later said it was all a misunderstanding and no changes were made.

Maddie Rooney started Sunday's opener against Finland, which the U.S. won 3-1. We'll see how this turns out, but one way or another, we should know soon; Allen's piece notes that a decision is expected before the USA game against Russia Tuesday, which takes place at 7:10 a.m. No medal will be on the line this time, though, just positioning for the semifinals.

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