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U.S. Men’s Hockey Team of 1980

U.S. Mens Hockey Team of 1980
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The United States hockey team beat all odds when it landed in the medal round of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. In the semifinals, the team faced the Soviet Union, who had taken home the last four Olympic golds and pummeled the U.S., 10-3, in an exhibition game just weeks before. The game was a nail biter, tied until the U.S. team’s captain Mike Eruzione scored a goal with ten minutes of play to go. “Do you believe in miracles?” sportscaster Al Michaels famously asked in the last frenetic seconds of the game. “Yes!” The U.S. won 4-3 and advanced to play Finland in the final, ultimately claiming the gold. But it was the semifinal game that went down in Olympic history as the “Miracle on Ice.”

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