IOC allows Statue of Liberty images to stay on American goalie masks

Just hours ahead of their game against the Olympic Athletes from Russia, the United States’ women’s hockey team got some good news: the Statue of Liberty can stay.

The International Olympic Committee decided on Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty image on the masks of American goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby doesn’t violate its ban of political symbols on masks.

The official rule states that “no item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity.”

USA goaltender Madeline Rooney grabs the puck after Finland scored during the Olympic opener. (Getty)

Rigsby’s helmet — which she has only worn twice — is covered in American symbolism: a USA crest on the top, a drawing of the famous V-J Day kiss on one side, a bald eagle on the other side, and a stamp depicting the Statue of Liberty right on the chin which juts out when shooters take aim.

Neither Hensley or Rigsby played in the United States’ 3-1 opening win against Finland.

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