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Statue Of Liberty Hockey Masks May Be Too 'Political' For Winter Olympics

Statue Of Liberty Hockey Masks May Be Too 'Political' For Winter Olympics

Their goalkeepers' masks are adorned in red, white and blue paint, with images of the Statue of Liberty emblazoned across them.

Team USA was notified the masks were good to go before their game against Russian Federation and Hensley got to wear the helmet in the team's 5-0 win.

The reason is due to a possible violation of the IOC's policy against political symbols, which states that "No item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity".

As goalies for the United States hockey team, Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby wear, it would seem, reasonably patriotic helmets, featuring a red, white and blue design complete with a depiction of the Statue of Liberty, one of America's most iconic images. "And there's also the technical regulations of an worldwide federation".

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A USA Hockey spokesperson told USA Today that the organization is discussing the situation with the IOC.

USA Hockey's Dave Fisher is working with the International Olympic Committee to ensure that the matter is resolved prior to Team USA's next game, which is Tuesday at 7:10.am. Nicole Hensley has the statue painted on the left side of her mask, while Alex Rigsby has it on her chin. USA's Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record for the fastest back-to-back goals by a man or a woman, scoring 6 seconds apart in the second period Tuesday.

Neither has yet played for the Americans at Pyeongchang, as Maddie Rooney backstopped the U.S. women to a 3-1 victory over Finland in their tournament opener.

It is not the first time a question has been raised about symbols on a USA goaltender's mask. The results also booked the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland into matches to determine USA and Canadian semi-final foes.