Friday, February 22, 2019

'Miracle On Ice' Anniversary

Hat Tip: reminder from my great St. Louis cousin, Gary Goldstein.

39 years ago today, on February 22, 1980, occurred one of the greatest upsets in sports history.  It happened in Lake Placid, NY, in the Olympics Ice Hockey medal round as the home team USA Hockey team were up against the "unbeatable" Soviet Union  Hockey team.

Thrilling celebration after USA Hockey team beats the Soviet Union in the "Miracle on Ice"
This from Wikipedia:  "The "Miracle on Ice" was a medal-round game during the men's ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union

The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games, and were the favorites to win once more in Lake Placid. The team consisted primarily of professional players with significant experience in international play. By contrast, the United States' team—led by head coach Herb Brooks—consisted exclusively of amateur players, and was the youngest team in the tournament and in U.S. national team history. In the group stage, both the Soviet and U.S. teams were unbeaten."

2 days after the "Miracle on Ice", the US Hockey team would win the gold medal by beating Finland 4-2. 

Check out these goose bump inducing highlights from Feb. 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, NY, at the Olympics ice hockey rink-"Do you believe in miracles, yes!":  [because of copyright regulations, you must click on link to view on You Tube]

USA Hockey team wins the Gold Medal in 1980  
USA!   USA!   USA!


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