The Soviet Union entered the Lake Placid games as the favorite, having won the last four ice hockey gold medals all the way back to the games. Ice: The Legacy America's Olympic hockey team looms large in the sporting imagination. History has framed the Miracle On Ice as one of those rare sporting achievements that transcend sport. In , the United States was emerging. The most memorable moment in hockey history came thirty-four years ago with the Miracle on Ice. The Americans defeating the dominant Soviet team at the Olympics was not only an important triumph for USA Hockey, but for the entire nation.
Here's what happened and a nod to the athletes who made it happen. The United States sent a bunch of college students out onto the ice, the youngest team ever in U. Olympics history. The Soviet Union's team was comprised of professional athletes temporarily reclassified as "amateurs" for the sake of the games. The Lake Placid matchup had all the earmarks of a bloodbath, but the U. But the Miracle on Ice wasn't actually the gold medal game. It was the first game of the medal round.
Let's see about this. The 80 USA team was a minor league team that beat maybe the best team ever. The USA a minor league team? But they had 12 guys make the NHL you say.
Twelve teams competed in the tournament, which was held from February 12 to The United States won its second gold medal, including a win over the heavily favored Soviet Union that became known as the " Miracle on Ice ". Going into the games, the teams were ranked and divided into two groups. Teams were ranked based on performance during the World Ice Hockey Championships.