Anniversary of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Victory against USSR

The anniversary of the 1980 Olympic matchup between the USA and USSR men's hockey teams.

It was 33 years ago today on Friday, Feb. 22, 1980, that Team USA hockey beat the Soviets in the Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York.

Team USA - comprised of a young group of amateur and college players from Boston, Minnesota, and other parts of the country - accomplished the unthinkable when they defeated the Soviet team and advanced to the championship game.

No one expected the team to fair so well, let alone beat the Soviets, who had won nearly every world championship and Olympic hockey tournament since 1954.

Team USA advanced to win the gold medal after defeating Finland, and the Soviets settled for silver after beating Sweden.

Led by hockey coach legend Herb Brooks, the game is one of the most memorable in USA Olympics history, inspiring the movie, "Miracle on Ice."  In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the "Miracle on Ice" the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century.

For those who've only seen the movie version, attached is the real-life footage from the last two minutes of the actual 1980 game.




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