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The International Olympic Committee has determined Team USA goalies will be allowed to wear masks emblazoned with images of the Statue of Liberty at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
According to ESPN.com, the IOC approved the masks of U.S. women’s hockey team goaltenders Alex Rigsby and Nicole Hensley on Tuesday.
USA Today‘s Kevin Allen first reported the IOC requested Team USA change the masks because one of its rules states: “No item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity.”
The organization made its decision Tuesday before the United States defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia, 5-0, at the Kwandong Hockey Centre to improve to 2-0 in group play.
Team USA will return to the ice Thursday for a clash with Canada, which is also 2-0 in Group A and leads the U.S. by one in goal differential.