Monday, February 22, 2010

USA! USA! USA! Do You Believe in Miracles?

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Team USA’s miraculous victory over Russia at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The 1980 US Men’s Hockey Team was made up of collegiate and amateur players when they played the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980. At the time, the Soviet Union team was considered the best hockey team in the world. Facing incredible odds, the US won the game 4-3. Most people incorrectly assume that they won the gold medal as a result of this game. The Olympic hockey tournament was set up as a round robin at the time, not a single elimination tournament like today. After beating the Soviet Union, the US had to beat Finland in order to win the gold, which they did with a score of 4-2.

Here is a clip showing the final seconds of the famous US-Soviet Union match. Do you believe in Miracles?

After last night’s US win over Canada, do you think the USA can bring home the gold in men’s hockey this year?

[Image via Murdoconline]

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