Is it possible to be so proud of a moment that I was too young to remember? In this case, I think it is.
Having watched the replays, documentaries, and even the film version so many times, the 1980 USA hockey team victory over the Soviets ranks as my favorite moment. It was absolutely a 'miracle' in every sense of the word and it proved that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
None of those guys went on to dominate in the NHL... many didn't even end up playing hockey professionaly. For them, the biggest thing was to represent their country on the biggest stage possible. It was their ONE CHANCE to make a name for themselves doing the thing they loved, and they channeled every bit of strength and determination into a single memorable performance.
I really wish that I had been even a few years older, as the moment would have been part of my life and not just something that I read and talk about. Still, it doesn't matter.
The 1980 USA Hockey team offered our country the greatest moment in the history of sports, and is one of the few truly heroic deeds that deserves to be mentioned in the same breathe as what happened at Marshall a decade before.