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

Another Winter Olympics, another struggle over the masks of U.S. ice hockey goaltenders.

USA Today reported Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee( IOC) had two goalies on the U.S. women’s ice hockey team to remove images of the Statue of Liberty from their concealments are compliant with IOC rules.

Goalie Nicole Hensley has an image of Lady Liberty on the left side of her disguise, while goalie Alex Rigsby has the token on her chin. According to IOC rules, athletes cannot wear entries that peculiarity the “wording or words from national anthems, motivational utterances, public/ political messaging or slogans related to national identity.”

USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer told USA Today that the team was in “discussions” with the IOC to see if the goalies could keep the images on their masks.

He added that the issue should be resolved before the USA’s next sport, slated to take place on Tuesday night local time against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

This isn’t the first time that U.S. goalie disguises have been given the thumbs-down by the IOC. Before the Sochi Winter Tournament in 2014, goalie Jessie Vetter had to remove an image of the Preamble to the Constitution from her concealment because of the same IOC rules.

In 2010, goalie Ryan Miller had to nix the phrase “Miller Time” from his cover-up, while Jonathan Quick had to remove the words “Support our troops.”

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