International Olympic Committee says Statue of Liberty goalie masks violate 'political symbol' policy

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But the IOC also said they hadn't asked for the images to be removed, contradicting American media who reported they may violate the Olympic body's rules against political symbols.

Was the Statue of Liberty going to get tossed from the Olympics?

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".

American goaltenders Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby wore the Statue of Liberty on each of their helmets, uncovered and untouched before their game with the team from Russia Wednesday.

"There seems to have been a misunderstanding, we have not asked for the symbol to be removed", an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said.

Rigsby, meanwhile, has a number of details that pay tribute to the stars and stripes, with Lady Liberty making a cameo on her chin.

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

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

In the meantime, the USA team beat the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation squad 5-0 Tuesday morning to improve to 2-0 in the group stage.

Maddie Rooney started the game against Finland and her helmet did not show any reference to the statute, located in New York City and one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

Feb 5, 2018; Gangneung, KOR; USA goalie Alex Rigsby (33) looks on during a training session for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre.

As Emma Baccellieri at Deadspin noted, it would not be the first time at Pyeongchang 2018 that a player was asked to change their helmet due to the rule - South Korean goaltender Matt Dalton was asked to make a similar change to his helmet, which depicted 16th-century Korean admiral Yi Sun-shin.

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