The Origional Miracle

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A Miraculous Deja-vu

It was a story no one could write. The ultimate example of David conquering Goliath and capturing the hearts of everyone. It was so miraculous that no one would believe that it happened twice. The story of the 1980 Olympic United States hockey team is well publicized in American and world sports history as the greatest underdog story of all time. It has been immortalized by Al Michael’s phrase, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” Still within the grip of the Cold War, a team of college kids took down the all-mighty Soviet Union. The Soviet team had won the last four Olympics and were widely considered the best hockey team to ever put on a pair of skates. In 1980, the scene set in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. Olympic team became enshrined in hockey history as they beat the Soviets 4-3. The 1980 team seemed destined to repeat the less well known success of the 1960 team. Widely overlooked in the pages of hockey history stands the story of the 1960 United States hockey team and its gold medal now known as the “Forgotten Miracle.” Although twenty years separated the two teams, their stories are strangely similar. Both teams played the Soviet Union when political tensions polarized the two countries. Behind the bench of both teams were demanding coaches leading a bunch of amateur players from Boston and Minnesota. Each team had talented amateurs but relied on comebacks and star-studded performances by the goaltenders. Both teams won their medals on U.S. soil. The 1960 team won in Squaw Valley, California and the 1980 team won in Lake Placid, New York. The Christian family ensured their place in U.S. hockey history with brothers Roger and Bill playing on the 1960 team and Bill’s son Dave playing on the 1980 team. Both teams were given no shot in hell to win the gold medal. Another common thread between the 1960 and 1980 teams was the…...

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