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.”