The Miracle on Ice: The US Hockey Team

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Before the 1980 Winter Olympics began, the US Olympic hockey team was not expected to do as well as they did. They had many powerhouse teams to beat and the team was just a bunch of college kids who wanted to play hockey. In the end, they had performed one of the greatest upsets in the history of hockey by defeating the USSR, the whom many thought of as the greatest hockey team in the world. The Soviet Union and the United States were very distant during three decades of a nuclear arms race. Even though the two nations never directly had a battle, the Cuban Missile Crisis, amongst other things, was a result of the tension. The missile crisis began in October of 1962, when an American spy plane secretly photographed nuclear…show more content…
Trying to stay involved in the sport, he played for the US National hockey team in 1961 and 1962. In 1964, he earned a spot on the US Olympic team. In 1965, Brooks competed on the national team again and a third time in 1967. In 1968, he was the captain of the US hockey team that competed in the Olympics in Grenoble, France. In 1970, Brooks played again for the national team. Brooks was motivated by fear and since he knew how luck was a big factor against other teams for them, he selected players who would seize the moment. Having assembled players mainly from Minnesota and Wisconsin, he chose former BU player Mike Eruzione to settle and east-west problem. "We were more afraid of Herb than we were of the Russians," Eruzione said. Brooks died on August 11, 2003; he was driving home from the airport when he lost control of his minivan and flipped. Brooks went through the windshield of his car and died at the scene; his funeral was held in St. Paul, Minnesota. On June 28, 2006, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Game day was on February 22, 1980; minutes before the game, Brooks told the team, "The moment is yours.” When the game started, the Soviets played very forcefully, but the Americans managed to hold it together. While the Soviets were winning 2-1, seconds before the first period ended, Mark Johnson scored and tied the game. Surprised, the Soviet
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