Remembering the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ U.S. Team: 5 Interesting Facts

John Healy
February 21, 2020 - 8:00 am

Saturday, Feb. 22 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most seminal achievements in Olympics history and American sports: the 1980 U.S. Hockey "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union.

By now, everyone knows the story: It was the height of the Cold War and political tensions were high between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

As the 1980 Winter Games were underway, the Soviet Union hockey team entered as the best in the world, wiping the floor of the U.S. team just two weeks prior in a 10-3 exhibition game blowout.

The U.S. were perceived as underdogs, full of amateurs out of college while the Soviets were the powerhouse that could not be beat.

Of course, we all know the ending. In shocking and spectacular fashion, the U.S. defeated the Soviets, 4-3, in what would be dubbed as the Miracle on Ice, which was considered to be the Moment of the Century in 1999 by Sports Illustrated.

Over the years, there are some things we may have forgotten or never knew about the game and those who were a part of it. Here are some interesting facts that may have gotten lost over the years:

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