“Great moments are born from great opportunities.” - Herb Brooks, Coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
When the underdog U.S. Olympic hockey team squared off against the juggernaut Soviets at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, the Cold War found a new battlefield — the hockey rink. The American team consisted of amateurs and college players and was outranked by the Soviet pros, who had won the gold at the last four Winter Olympics. The ragtag team quickly silenced detractors, shocking audiences around the world as the Americans made it to the semifinal round, when the two world superpowers would finally face off. Led by coach Herb Brooks, the U.S. team defeated the Soviets in a nail-biting game that ended 4-3 — an upset so shocking it was dubbed the “Miracle on Ice”.