Saturday, May 9, 2009
The "Miracle on Ice" is the nickname given to a February 22nd medal-round men's hockey game that took place in Lake Placid, New York during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. A team of amateur and collegiate players from the United States, led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team, who most considered to be the best international hockey team in the world, 4–3.
The United States went on to win the Gold Medal by beating Finland by a score of 4 to 2 in their final medal round game. The Soviet Union took the Silver Medal by beating Sweden in their final game. Sweden took home the Bronze Medal, with Finland finishing fourth.
As part of the its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation picked the Miracle on Ice as the top international hockey story of the 20th century.