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The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

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People consider the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to be one of the greatest things to happen in U.S Olympic history. Their game against the Soviets is known as "The Miracle on Ice." The world was stunned when the United States defeated the Soviets in the semi-final game of the 1980 Olympics. The Soviets hadn't been beaten in the gold medal game in years. This miracle game is still greatly known around the world and will not be forgotten by Americans any time soon.
In an article titled, "This "Miracle on Ice" is considered to be the single most incredible moment in all of U.S. sports history. When coach Herb Brooks was made the team's coach, he spent a lot of time reviewing and searching for the right people for the team. Seeing as Brooks was the last man cut from the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, He wanted to do everything he could to win gold for his country. Once try outs started Brooks knew who he wanted on his team after one day. All of the players trying out were in college. The United States and Herb Brooks had picked their Olympic team after the first day of a week of try outs. After picking the team Herb had trained and prepared the team for the Olympics for over a year and a half. He had to prepare them for to face the Soviets. Brooks knew there was no matching them in speed, so he emphasized working on speed, conditioning, and discipline. Doing this my not make them as fast of the
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Soviets, but Brooks knew that the United States would be able to keep the pressure on throughout the entire game.
In an article written by ESPN, it explains how the U.S. team is made up of all college students. This miracle game is amazing because of the fact that all of the U.S. team was college players. While the USSR was a team full of professional players that have played together for years and years. Since the NHL players were not allowed to participate in the Olympics at this time, the U.S. had to make their team full of college players. Going into the Olympic Games, no one had believed that the U.S. would ever have a chance to beat the Soviets. Seeing as the Soviets had won the gold medal in every Olympics since 1964. Also two months before the Olympics, the U.S. had played the Soviets in an exhibition game. The Soviets dominated the U.S. beating them 10-3. After that going into the Olympics no one would ever had thought that the U.S. would have made this miracle. With guys who had played on rival teams in college, it would be hard for them to come together as one team and bring home gold for their country. No matter what were to happen outside of being with the team, when they were on the ice, they had to come together to become a family and play together.
In an article written by proice hockey, it shows the Soviets from years past. In the years leading up the the 1980 Olympic Games, the USSR had went on an amazing streak of victories. The year before the Olympics the Soviets went into a challenge series with numerous teams from the...

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