The "Miracle on Ice" is the nickname given to a February 22 medal-round men's ice hockey game during the Olympic Winter Games, in which a team of amateur and collegiate players from the United States, led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union team, who were considered to be the best international hockey team in the world, 4–3. The United States Olympic Hockey Team will forever remain etched in the memories of sports fans as one of the greatest sporting events of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated selected the team's victory over the Soviet Union en route to winning the gold medal as the No. 1 sports moment of the. The United States Olympic Hockey Team will forever remain etched in our memories as one of the greatest sporting events of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated selected the team's victory over the Soviet Union en route to winning the gold medal as the No. 1 sports moment of the 20th century. Feb 22, · The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the Summer Games in . Dec 02, · It was considered a major sporting, and more importantly political embarrassment for the USSR. This was the height of the Cold War and prestigious sporting victories were seen as validation of the system. Slava Fetisov and Russian Hockey: After t. Tips and Tricks from our Blog. Do you have a blog? Join our linker program. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead; Go ad-free to support Sports Reference and get our fastest browsing experience. Feb 05, · On February 22, , the United States Olympic hockey team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history, defeating the Soviet Union, Back in , ESPN replayed this game . Feb 21, · As most hockey fans know, U.S. Olympic captain Mike Eruzione never played another game after the U.S. beat the Soviet Union and Finland in the medal round in .
Fri, Feb 22, With a capacity of 8,, the Field House was packed. Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U. In Olympic group play, the Americans surprised many observers with their physical, cohesive play. It was a magical ride that happened amidst the backdrop of the Iranian hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - events that made the now fabled "Miracle on Ice" even more impactful on American history.
On February 22, , Indonesian President Sukarno surrenders all executive authority to military dictator General Haji Mohammad Suharto, remaining president in title only. In the other group, the Soviets stormed through their opposition undefeated, often by grossly lopsided scores. Despite being down early in the second period, Steve Christoff got the Americans on the board at with a nice wrister down low. United States. Golikov , Vasiliev.
Hockey Reference. Namespaces Article Talk. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Sports Illustrated. Also that year, young Soviet star winger Alexander Mogilny defected to play for the Buffalo Sabres , followed the next year by his linemate, center Sergei Fedorov , who defected to play for the Detroit Red Wings. Johnson then saved the day by adding a shorthanded backhand goal of his own just minutes later to give the U. The hero this time was Phil Verchota, who took a Dave Christian pass in the left circle and found the back of the net at Jagr , R.