Miracle on Ice Has Its 35th Anniversary


Colleen Rock, Staff Writer

February 22 marked the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice – when the U.S hockey team beat the once undefeatable Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics – at Lake Placid, New York.

On Saturday, the team reunited for festivities and discussion of the game while on Sunday, NBC had live coverage at Lake Placid for “Hockey Day in America.”

Miracle on Ice is known as the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century, according to Sports Illustrated in 1999.

The U.S. team was much younger and inexperienced with Olympic hockey – other than player Buzz Schneider, the team was made out of players that tried out during the summer of 1979. The team also lost horribly during the Exhibition by 10-3. After the Olympics, the Soviet team’s coach Victor Tikhonov said they greatly underestimated the team after the great win.

The U.S. finished the Olympic game with a score of 4-3. During the victory, broadcaster Al Michaels called out “Do you believe in miracles,” which led to the name of the event.

There is a movie made of the event called Miracle, made in 2004 starring actor Kurt Russell.

Winning the gold medal in hockey was and still is, 35 years later, a big deal in sports history.