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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Feb 22, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

US Olympic Hockey Beats USSR 31 Years Ago Today in Lake Placid's Miracle on Ice

In what is considered by some to be one of the greatest moments in sports, the underdog United States Olympic Hockey team beat the heavily favored USSR team 31 years ago today. The US went on to beat the Finns for the 1980 Olympic gold medal in hockey.
As every Olymp-o-phile, hockey fan, and resident of Lake Placid knows, it was here in Lake Placid that commentator Al Michaels asked viewers the question, "Do you believe in miracles?" branding the moment when the 1980 US hockey team beat the Soviet Union on their way to win one of the most famous Olympic gold medals ever collected.
The under-dog United States team's defeat of the Russians, the "Miracle on Ice," also spawned two movies. The re-creation of coach Herb Brooks locker room speech is now legendary in the realm of sports films.
Certainly, the most significant result of the Miracle on Ice is the video of this four-year-old boy recreating that moving moment in the locker room.