Hockey! The 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team

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To the average individual, the word “miracle” has many meanings. However, to the avid hockey fan, the word “Miracle” is vernacular that will be forever engrained in their hearts and history books. While the term itself is broad, miracles turn doubters into believers. This was exactly the case during the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team shocked the world. In 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team, consisting of college players and hopeful pros, won Olympic gold. No other Olympic performance was so uniting and inspiring to our nation. Upon scoring the game-winner and clinching the gold medal, Eruzione's goal triggered a spontaneous national celebration of amazing proportions. Overcome with joy, our nation celebrated with a display of …show more content…
When one member told Coach Brooks that it was a “pretty loft goal,” Herb responded “well that’s why I want to pursue it.” As Elvis Mitchell from the New York Times says about Herb Brooks, “Taking a group of young, unproven players allows him to beat them down by constant pressure into the unit he wants-he says they may not be the best team, but they're the right one.” (Mitchell 1) Frankly, Coach Brooks was not expected to win. Miracle portrays Coach Brooks as idealistic. Through his coaching and leadership style, Brooks’ ideals were a microcosm of our Capitalist society. Without Coach Brooks, this team would have not accomplished what it did. To this end, Herb Brooks maximized player potential by pushing them to be the best they could be. He saw a talented group of young men and knew that if he encouraged and pushed them enough, he could help them achieve their goals. Despite not having the stars the Russians did, Brooks instilled a work ethic that overpowered the Russians. This was rooted in Coach Brooks militant drills during practice. While Coach Brooks was a great coach when it came to the x’s and o’s of the game, he was an even better leader and motivator. More so, he inspired confidence in his men. Playing against Russia was a seemingly insurmountable task and was
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