Raise your hands and applaud for everyone! Men's ice hockey, Salt Lake City Olympics, 2002, gold medal: Canada!" The 10.6 million viewers also shattered the previous record of 4.957 million viewers for Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, according to the CBC. The audience share of 54 percent is the highest for a non-American event in Canadian history.
Canada's win gave them their third straight gold medal and fifth overall. It also marked the first time that Canada has ever won the most medals at a single Olympic games.
You may remember some of these players: Ryan Miller, Corey Hirsch, Brent Sutter, Martin Brodeur, and Paul Kariya. But many more players contributed to this victory including: Jeff Foote, Chris Chelios, Ray Bourque, Dave Andreychuk, Keith Tkachuk, and Dominik Hasek.
In addition to being a great game, this was also a historic one as Canada's success helped fuel a gold rush style atmosphere during these games. With so many people watching worldwide, the IOC decided to allow more than one television network into certain events which created more opportunity for news coverage. In 2002, almost all of the action from these games could be found on CBC or TVA (which is French for "our world").
The gold medal. As part of its 25th anniversary, ESPN named the Miracle on Ice to be the best sports headline moment and game from 1979 to 2004. Sports Illustrated named the triumph the best sporting event of the twentieth century.
The victory made the United States Olympic Committee and the city of Vancouver proud winners of the gold medal. It also won the admiration of people all over the world because of America's success in competing with a mostly amateur team. The USA had never lost before in the Olympic tournament.
The game was played on February 20, 1991, at the Winter Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The United States men's ice hockey team, which was made up entirely of college players, defeated the Soviet Union squad that included many of the world's best hockey players. The game became known as the "Miracle on Ice" because it seemed like there was no way that America could beat the heavily favored Soviets. But then, using their unique style of play, called "neutral zone pressure", the Americans came back from behind twice to win 4-3.
This great achievement by an American team has been remembered for years after these games. It is still considered one of the greatest victories in U.S. Olympic history.
In the "Miracle on Ice," the United States hockey team defeats the Soviets. At the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, the underdog US hockey team, made up 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 much for what happened before it as what occurred during its three periods. Before the start of the game, the US team was behind 3-0 and many people wrote off their chances of winning. But under the leadership of Coach John Michael Lee, who had never coached before but was an expert in motivational speaking, they fought back against all odds to take a 3-3 tie into overtime.
During overtime, Mike Eruzione scored two goals to give the US a 4-3 victory and earn him a place in history as the first ever American to score at the Olympics. The game's outcome proved to be more memorable for what happened after the final whistle than what took place on the ice. With Eruzione injured and unable to continue, Bill Haywood replaced him and helped the US win its first ever gold medal in ice hockey.
The Lake Placid games were held from February 12-29, 1980. Canada and Sweden also competed in the event as both countries allowed amateur players to participate in the Olympics. The US squad consisted of college students who received no salary.
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the sole gold medal won by Russians has been under the banner of the Unified Team in 1992. In fact, they haven't won a hockey medal of any color since a bronze medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. That year, the US overcame Russia 3-2 before falling to Canada in the gold-medal game.
The last time Russia played for a gold medal was at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. They were defeated by the Canadians in the final 4-3.
Russia has been barred from competing in various sports events since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. With the exception of ice hockey, which it dominates, Russia hasn't been able to produce enough top athletes to remain competitive.
However, an official delegation from the Russian Olympic Committee visited the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics as observers. If they are allowed into South Korea, they could potentially enter the tournament with only three days' notice. The IOC will make the final decision on their status after these games.
There is no guarantee that if Russia does join the tournament they would be able to play. Since the country's economy is in poor shape and funding is scarce, there is a chance they might not be able to provide enough support staff or facilities. However, since this is an international event that pays well, there is a strong likelihood that at least some Russians would come over even if they aren't eligible to compete themselves.
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The US trailed 4-3 after two periods. They won the game, 9-4, after scoring six goals in the third period. It was the United States' first Olympic gold medal in hockey. The Soviet Union had been undefeated during the tournament up to that point.