This Day in History: US Hockey Team Beats the Soviets in the 'Miracle on Ice' (Saturday, February 22nd)Wibbitz
This Day in History: U.S. Hockey Team Beats the Soviets in the 'Miracle on Ice' February 22, 1980 The underdog U.S. hockey team defeats the four-time defending gold-medal Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. win is considered one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history. The Soviet squad fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. The American team trailed most of the game, finally taking the lead with ten minutes left. When the final horn sounded, the players, coaches and team officials poured onto the ice in raucous celebration. To many Americans, the "Miracle on Ice" represented a Cold War victory.