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Statue of Liberty cleared for USA hockey helmets

AFP  |  Gangneung 

Two American ice players will keep images on their after the blamed a "misunderstanding" for reports that they may have to be removed.

USA confirmed the images would remain on the of goaltenders and for Tuesday's faceoff against the Olympic Athletes from at Kwandong Centre.

But the IOC also said they hadn't asked for the images to be removed, contradicting American media who reported they may violate the Olympic body's rules against political symbols.

"There seems to have been a misunderstanding," an IOC statement said. "We have not asked for the symbol to be removed."

IOC guidelines on authorised identification say no item can have national anthem words or lyrics, motivation words, political messaging or slogans related to national identity.

Hensley, who helped the US women capture the past two world championships, has a large image painted on the left side of her mask. Rigsby has one on the chin of her mask.

Neither has yet played for the Americans at Pyeongchang, as backstopped the US women to a 3-1 victory over in their tournament opener.

US men's said he faced many restrictions when looking at helmet designs.

"There are a lot of restrictions on that. This year we could not do much," Zapolski said.

"I talked to the guy who painted it and we brainstormed for about a week and he gave me a sketch and I wanted a crest of the stars and stripes. It was pretty simple and goes well with our uniforms."

On the ice, four-time defending champion stretched their Olympic women's hockey win streak to 22 games by thumping 4-1.

and the Americans would clinch semi-final berths if the US women defeat the Russians later.

and scored in the first period for Canada, and team-mates and followed in the second.

Finland's Riikka Valila, at 44 the oldest in Olympic hockey history, scored with 12:43 remaining to avert a shutout.

With a USA win later, the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Sweden, and would be set for matches to decide US and Canadian semi-final foes.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:10 IST