Do you believe in miracles?

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by Travis Cody in


On 22 February 1980, the US hockey team beat the Soviets 4-3 in Lake Placid during the XIII Winter Olympics. It is a quintessential moment in American sports history. It was a unifying moment of pride for my country.

The win didn't heal all the open wounds in the US. But it did make Americans smile at each other and feel a part of something significant and special. I think we started to remember what it was like to be a "We" again.

Two days later the US beat Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.

There are moments in sport that fix themselves in the psyche of players and fans. This moment, when a bunch of college age kids took down the mighty Soviets, is like that and then some. Thirty years on and it hasn't lost any of the emotional impact it had on me when I was watching it happen.

Do you believe in miracles?


The 1980 Gold Medal US Hockey Team, coached by Herb Brooks (1937 - 2003)

Jim Craig
Jack O'Callahan
Bill Baker
Ken Morrow
Mike Ramsey
Bob Suter
Dave Christian
Dave Silk
Steve Janaszak
Mark Johnson
Rob McClanahan
John Harrington
Mark Pavelich
Buzz Schneider
Steve Christoff
Neal Broten
Mike Eruzione
Eric Strobel
Mark Wells
Phil Verchota


  1. I can actually remember watching the U.S. team beating the Russians in the 1960 Olympics. It was just as big a miracle in 1960 as it was in 1980. We sent true amateurs to both of these games, to face seasoned pros. Back then, the Soviet Union team was literally a pro team playing under the umbrella of being in the Russian army. They lived together, traveled together, and played together, the year around. The U.S. National team was typically put together about a year prior to the games and would go their own way shortly after the Olympics. Some made the pros, others went back to school. That's what made these two victories so mind boggling.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Miracles definitely do happen!

  1. the memory of watching this game is HIGHLY sentimental for me.

    I played field hockey in school...and my soon to be husband played ice hockey. We watched the game with a large group of our friends packed into a "tv room" in my house at UCLA.

    ha...that was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

  1. I still remember what a big deal that was.

  1. Linda says:

    Not only do I remember this but I remember watching the games and cheering on the US team along with several other fellow airman at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. It sure instilled a lot of Olympic pride in a lot of us!

  1. I was so glad the The USA team won that round.

  1. Mags says:

    I admit that I do not remember this. I was very young (4) and I doubt my parents watched the Olympics back then. But wow-what a moment in time! Thank you for posting about it. it me, or do they look really tiny?

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  1. Bond says:

    Another example of not seeing an event it was played in the afternoon and then replayed that evening.

  1. Kimmie says:

    Yes, I do believe in miracles. I remember the 1980 Olympic game for the Olympics were a big event in my home growing up.

    This year's team has two players that are "big" to us here in Buffalo, New York. Ryan Miller (USA Goalie) is a Buffalo Sabre, and Patrick Kane's hometown is South Buffalo, New York. He went to school with my daughter Gina Marie as did Buffalo Sabre Timmy Kennedy (not on the Olympic team, but what a dream come true for a young kid from our neighborhood). There has been much to celebrate here in my neck of the country, not only our hometown athletes, but all the athletes on the USA team.
    GO USA!

  1. I watched the Olympics that year. Thanks for the great memories.