Miracle on Ice

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Miracle on Ice
I've had many great moments watching sports, but the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game where the ridiculously underdog US team beat the "amateur" (i.e. completely professional) Soviet team in the semi-finals of the 1980 Olympics was the best moment by far. The game was unbelievable to watch because of the convergence of several factors: (1) the fact that the Russian team had beaten the NHL All Stars 6-0 the previous year, making them the overwhelming favorite to win another gold medal; (2) the overall patriotic fervor, of course, of a US-Russian game, played on American ice at Lake Placid; and (3) the fact that the US team came from behind twice and then went ahead 4-3 with 10 minutes to go, leaving every fan screaming for 10 full minutes as the US defense withstood attack after attack to hang on for the win.

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