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The Top 10 Moments in U.S. Olympic History

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U.S. Hockey Team Performs 'Miracle On Ice' (Lake Placid 1980)


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The 1980 Soviet Olympic hockey team was touted as unbeatable – after all, the Russians had taken the gold in nearly every Olympic tournament since 1954. But someone forgot to send the memo to a largely unknown coach from Minnesota (Herb Brooks) and his rag-tag group of collegiate and amateur players, that comprised the U.S. men's hockey team. On February 22nd, 1980, the U.S. shocked the world by beating the Russians, 4-3. Two days later, they would beat Finland, and capture the gold medal. A film would be made about their improbable story in 2004, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Brooks.

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