Winter Olympics 1980: ‘Do you believe in miracles?’
The Olympic “Miracle on Ice” in 1980
On Feb. 22, 1980, the United States Olympic hockey team pulled off what is considered to be one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history by defeating the Soviet Union, 4-3.
It was the “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in hockey in five of the six previous winter Olympics.
The United States team was filled with mostly young amateur players.
ABC commentator Al Michaels, at the end of the game, said, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
On Feb. 24 the United States clinched the gold medal by defeating Finland, 4-2.
Team members were Jim Craig, Steve Janaszak, Bill Baker, Dave Christian, Ken Morrow, Jack O’Callahan, Mike Ramsey, Bob Suter, Neal Broten, Steve Christoff, Mike Eruzione, John Harrington, Mark Johnson, Rob McClanahan, Mark Pavelich, Buzz Schneider, Dave Silk, Eric Strobel, Phil Verchota and Mark Wells. Coach was Herb Brooks. Assistant coach was Craig Patrick.