At the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, the underdog United States hockey team, comprised of collegiate players, overcomes the four-time reigning gold-medal-winning Soviet team in one of the most stunning upsets in Olympic history. The game is known as "The Miracle on Ice" because it brought home a silver medal for the United States after they had been defeated by the Soviets in both the 1976 and 1984 games before winning the title on home ice in 1980.
Americans at the time believed that it was impossible for them to win because they were competing against the best players from the strongest nation in world sports - the USSR. But thanks to outstanding coaching and teamwork, the young Americans rose to the top of their game and beat the highly favored USSR team 4-3 in overtime of the final match to claim their first ever Olympic gold medal.
Their victory made national news and inspired millions of Americans who thought they could never win anything themselves. From then on, American athletes had hope of beating the best teams in the world. This belief has helped produce many more gold medals at other events including baseball, basketball, and figure skating during the Cold War era.
Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov said after the game: "We didn't play well. We made many mistakes... but our kids played with courage and passion. I'm proud of them."
In the "Miracle on Ice," the United States hockey team defeats the Soviets. The game is known today as a symbol of hope for America after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Americans went into the game as heavy favorites, but an unexpected turn of events saw the Russians claim a 4-3 victory. In the second round of the games, however, the U.S. regained its composure and defeated the heavily favored Czechs 5-4 to advance to the gold medal game. There it faced off against the powerful Soviet Union squad, which was considered by many to be the best team in the world. Although they were not considered contenders due to political reasons, the Americans were given very little chance of winning the gold medal.
However, inspired by coach Bob Miller, who called his team the underdogs, the Americans used their skills to outsmart their opponents and claim their first ever gold medal in front of their home crowd. The final score was 3-2 with the U.S. defeating the Soviets. This game marked the end of an era for the Soviet hockey team who had dominated the ice for so long.
The United States defeated the Soviet Union 4-3 in an ice hockey game at the Lake Placid Olympics on February 22, 1980. It was one of the most shocking upsets in sports history. In their final exhibition game before the Olympics, the Americans were defeated by the Soviet Union 10-3. At the time, it was the biggest loss ever suffered by an Olympic team. But two days later, they came back from 3-0 against Canada and forced a last minute gold medal game.
The Americans were heavy favorites to win the gold medal. They were ranked No. 1 while the Soviets were unranked. However, the U.S. players believed that if they won their first two games, then they would have an easy time with Russia. But after losing the first game 2-3, they fought hard to win the next game, which was also a double overtime game. The U.S. players thought that they could beat Russia twice so they tried to play their best game of the tournament against them.
In the third game, which was also an important match for both countries, the U.S. team was defeated by the Soviet Union 5-4. After this defeat, people started saying that the American players were tired and that they couldn't handle the pressure of being on top of the world. But Patrick Ewing, who was named MVP of the tournament, said that they played their best game of the series.