The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

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People consider the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to be one of the greatest things to happen in U.S Olympic history. Their game against the Soviets is known as "The Miracle on Ice." The world was stunned when the United States defeated the Soviets in the semi-final game of the 1980 Olympics. The Soviets hadn't been beaten in the gold medal game in years. This miracle game is still greatly known around the world and will not be forgotten by Americans any time soon. In an article titled, "This "Miracle on Ice" is considered to be the single most incredible moment in all of U.S. sports history. When coach Herb Brooks was made the team's coach, he spent a lot of time reviewing and searching for the right people for the team. Seeing as Brooks was the last man cut from the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, He wanted to do everything he could to win gold for his country. Once try outs started Brooks knew who he wanted on his team after one day. All of the players trying out were in college. The United States and Herb Brooks had picked their Olympic team after the first day of a week of try outs. After picking the team Herb had trained and prepared the team for the Olympics for over a year and a half. He had to prepare them for to face the Soviets. Brooks knew there was no matching them in speed, so he emphasized working on speed, conditioning, and discipline. Doing this my not make them as fast of the Kaplewicz 2 Soviets, but Brooks knew that the United States would be able to keep the pressure on throughout the entire game. In an article written by ESPN, it explains how the U.S. team is made up of all college students. This miracle game is amazing because of the fact that all of the U.S. team was college players. While the USSR was a tea... ... middle of paper ... olympic-mens-hockey-team-cold-war/>. -Winter Olympics: When USA Hockey Team Beat Soviets in 1980, We Knew It Would Last Forever." NY Daily News. . The Miracle on Ice." 1980usahockeyteamcom RSS. . -Eskenazi, Gerald. "Herb Brooks, 66, Dies in Auto Accident; Coached U.S. Olympians to 'Miracle on Ice'" The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 Aug. 2003. . -McKinley, Michael. Hockey: A People's History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006. Print.

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