The US women's hockey team was being asked by the Olympics Commission to remove the Statue of Liberty from their helmets before their second game of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) is considering forcing the removal of the images from the helmets of the two goalies (Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby) as they are "political symbols."
Until just moments ago, "discussions [were] ongoing" regarding the matter as they considered whether this is a violation of the IOC's policy.
<quote>"No item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity."</quote>
Maddie Rooney was the goalie for Team USA's game 1, her helmet doesn't have lady Liberty emblazoned, so in the first game (which team USA won 3-1 over Finland) there were no issues. It is noteworthy that South Korean goaltender Matt Dalton was similarly asked to change his helmet which featured an image of 16-th century Korean admiral Yi Sun-shin. Luckily, the IOC committee was expected to come to a decision regarding the helmet debacle forwards of Team USA's Tuesday game against the Russian Olympic Hockey team. Luckily for the two goalies, the IOC has just decided to allow them to wear Lady Liberty on their helmets.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"I'm glad they're allowed the wear it” -<a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BenjaminSWatson</a> weighs in on Olympic hockey team’s win over Statue of Liberty decal <a href="https://t.co/e1T59kk3O5">pic.twitter.com/e1T59kk3O5</a></p>— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) <a href="https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/963403391866060802?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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