U.S. women’s hockey goaltender Nicole Hensley wore the Statue of Liberty on her mask, uncovered and untouched, during Tuesday’s game against the team from Russia at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The IOC reportedly had ordered Hensley to cover up the Statue of Liberty over the left side of her mask and teammate Alex Rigsby to blanket over the smaller version at her chin, deeming it a political statement.
But Andrea Mazzarelli of USA Hockey told The Associated Press that the masks were approved as is, requiring no modifications.
The U.S. went on to defeat Russia, 5-0, with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scoring the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history, 6 seconds apart in the second period.
Kacey Bellamy, Gigi Marvin and Hannah Brandt also scored for the Americans, who will take a 2-0 record into Thursday’s showdown with Canada, which is also 2-0. No medal will be on the line, just positioning for the semifinals.
"I have no doubt we’re ready," said Hensley, who made 13 saves in her Olympic debut.
U.S. coach Robb Stauber rotated his goalies, putting Hensley in net after playing Maddie Rooney in a 3-1 opening win over Finland.
The U.S. women’s team prepared for the Olympics by training at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, where it temporarily moved its headquarters in September and played a couple of exhibition games last month.