On #ThisDayinHistory 1980, the world believes in miracles…on ice that is. In one of the most dramati c upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-tim e defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York #AceHis toryNews reports

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.22: The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators: Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold………….The Soviet team had captured the previous four Olympic hockey golds, going back to 1964, and had not lost an Olympic hockey game since 1968 #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8037 Few had high hopes for the seventh-seeded U.S. team entering the Olympic tournament, but the team soon silenced its detractors, making it through the opening round of play undefeated, with four victories and one tie, thus advancing to the four-team medal round.: The Soviets, however, were seeded No. 1 and as expected went undefeated, with five victories in the first round……….The so-called Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing………….As the U.S. team demonstrated in their victory over Finland two days later, it was disparaging to call the U.S. team amateurs. Three-quarters of the squad were top college players who were on their way to the National Hockey League (NHL), and coach Herb Brooks had trained the team long and hard in a manner that would have made the most authoritative Soviet coach proud………The 1980 U.S. hockey team was probably the best-conditioned American Olympic hockey team of all time–the result of countless hours running skating exercises in preparation for Lake Placid………….In their play, the U.S. players adopted passing techniques developed by the Soviets for the larger international hockey rinks, while preserving the rough checking style that was known to throw the Soviets off-guard……..It was these factors, combined with an exceptional afternoon of play by Craig, Johnson, Eruzione, and others, that resulted in the miracle at Lake Placid. #Olympics #Hockey #OTD

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