STATUE LIM­I­TA­TIONS?

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS - — The Wash­ing­ton Post

PYEONGCHANG — Is the Statue of Lib­erty about to get tossed from the Olympics?

The U.S. women’s hockey team is ap­par­ently mulling changes to its goalies’ masks over con­cerns that the colour­ful red, white and blue de­sign, which fea­tures the iconic statue, vi­o­lates Olympic rules that bar teams and ath­letes from dis­play­ing po­lit­i­cal sym­bols at the Win­ter Games.

The Amer­i­can team played its sec­ond game of the Olympic tour­na­ment yes­ter­day, and of­fi­cials with USA Hockey were still sort­ing out whether the team’s goal­tenders would have to take the ice with an al­ter­nate de­sign when it faces Slove­nia. Dave Fisher, a spokesman for USA Hockey, did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a re­quest for com­ment but told USA To­day that “dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing.”

Goalie Mad­die Rooney, who started the team’s opener against Fin­land, and the team’s two other net­min­ders all have masks fea­tur­ing pa­tri­otic de­signs here in Pyeongchang, some also in­clud­ing im­ages of stars and a bald ea­gle.

Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Pyeongchang, Mark Adams, a spokesman for the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, said, “That’s the first I’ve heard of that.”

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