THIS DAY IN HISTORY: USA Hockey ‘Miracle on Ice’ Stuns Globe 40 Years Ago with Win Over Soviet Union
By Space Coast Daily // February 22, 2020
February 22, 1980
ABOVE VIDEO: In one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, the United States’ Olympic Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union by a final score of 4-3. Legendary sportscaster Al Michael’s commentary in the final minute helped the monumental upset victory earn the nickname, “Miracle on ice.”
With the odds stacked against them but a raucous home crowd cheering them on, the United States prevailed against the most respected hockey team in the world.
Two days later, USA ultimately prevailed over Finland to win the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
To this day, the final minute is considered not only one of the most patriotic moments in the nation’s history, but a symbolic moment in the Cold War which would continue through the end of the 1980’s.
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