It was 33 years ago today that the United States men’s Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union, and moved on to play in the gold medal game at Lake Placid.
It remains one of the most inspirational sports moments in American history, partly because of the politics of the time, but also because at least one U.S. Olympic sport hadn’t yet been polluted by the presence of professional athletes. In that sense, we may never see another moment like the “miracle on ice.”
We may never hear of another coach’s speech like the one Herb Brooks gave that afternoon…
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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