The Olympic Ice Hockey Team Winning A Game

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The “Miracle on Ice” was more than just the United States Olympic Ice Hockey Team winning a game. The win for the United States had major political impacts on the United States, the Soviet Union and the Cold War.

The Soviet Union entered the Lake Placid games as the favorite, having won the last four ice hockey gold medals all the way back to the 1964 games. In the four Olympics following their 1960 loss to Team USA at Squaw Valley, Soviet teams had gone 27–1–1 and outscored the opposition 175–44. In match-ups against the United States, the total score over those games was 28–7 with Russia outscoring the US. The Soviet players, some were active-duty military, played in an elite league in world-class training facilities. Many of the Soviet players were seasoned veterans with a lot of experience in international play. The United States head coach, Herb Brooks, conducted tryouts in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1979. Of the 20 players who eventually made the final Olympic roster, Buzz Schneider was the only one returning from the 1976 Olympic team. Nine players had played under Brooks at the University of Minnesota, which included Rob McClanahan, Mike Ramsey, and Phil Verchota. Boston College and University of Minnesota were perennial rivals in college hockey and the hostility spilled over from some of these players when they ended up being teammates on the US Olympic team during the first few months. The average age of the U.S. team was 21 years old, making it the…
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