Olympics committee threatens to ban Statue of Liberty from USA hockey masks

USA with Statue of Liberty on helmets blank Russians

The IOC reportedly first took issue with the image, believing it could be a violation of their ban of political symbols on masks, USA TODAY Sports reported Monday.

Why is this a problem now and not when Jessie Vetter was allowed to keep her Statue of Liberty design in 2014?

Alex Rigsby came off the ice after practice last week and she was asked about her new helmet.

However, an International Olympic Committee spokesman said, "There seems to have been a misunderstanding, we have not asked for the symbol to be removed". However, "No Item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity".

Goaltenders Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby both have an image of the State of Liberty on their masks.

"It seems to have been a misunderstanding, we have not asked for the symbol to be removed".

The argument being made here is that the Statue of Liberty is a political message relating to national identity.

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Score one for Lady Liberty.

USA men's goalie Ryan Zapolski said he faced many restrictions when looking at helmet designs.

Neither Hensley nor Rigsby played in Team USA's 3-1 victory over Finland, with Maddie Rooney spending all 60 minutes between the pipes.

"I talked to the guy who painted it and we brainstormed for about a week and he gave me a sketch and I wanted a crest of the stars and stripes".

Hannah Brandt, of the United States, celebrates celebrates after scoring a goal against the team from Russian Federation during the third period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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