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Humpday History Highlight

By Wyatt Earp | February 24, 2010

It’s two days late, but was there ever any doubt?

February 22, 1980 – The Miracle On Ice

In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. 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. (H/

Wow, it’s been thirty years. I remember it like yesterday, especially the part where I was jumping up and down in my living room shouting, “OH MY GOD!”

And in other good news, Slovakia beat Norway last night by a score of 4-3. That means the U.S., the Czech Republic, and Slovakia all have a chance at medals. Sweet! Up next for Slovakia, powerhouse Sweden.

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7 Responses to “Humpday History Highlight”

  1. metoo Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I watched every moment of that game. Everyone in the house was yelling and screaming. It was a great moment!!!!!

  2. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I saw the movie “Miracle”. Does that count?

  3. Ingineer66 Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my God, that Olympics was my introduction to Hockey. I think I watched about every USA game even before the one against the Soviets. I will never forget that feeling. And we only had 3 channels so the entire country was watching too. We really needed that after being in doldrums of the late 70′s.

    I guess Canada is a little pissed about losing to the US. They whipped Germany last night.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    MeToo – Hustle beats talent every time.

    Mrs. Crankipants – I’ll let you slide. This time.

    Ingineer66 – And they are crushing Russia right now. It’s 6-2.

  5. Morgan Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I can get away with watching Miracle for one reason: I wasn’t born until 1983.

    Nevertheless, the Miracle on Ice is what the Olympics is all about: seeing your country’s best players taking on and defeating the best other countries have to offer. It’s moments like the Miracle on Ice that swell my pride as an American.

  6. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Morgan, that’s the same exact reason I watched it on DVD!

  7. RT Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I remember laying on the floor, in front of the console TV to watch that game. I remember it all. I even remember the celebration afterward and Jim Craig looking for his dad in the stands.