"Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!" may be the most resounding statement ever said by a broadcaster in sports history.
It was Febuary 22, 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, the site of that year's Olympic games. The United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team was set to play the highly favored Soviet Union. The Soviet Union and United States were still heavy rivals due to the Cold War.
What many do not know is that the two teams faced each other less than a month before in an exhibition, with the Soviet Union defeating the United States 10-3. The United States team was essentially a team of players that nobody knew.
The U.S. had started the Olympics well by tying Sweden 2-2 and defeating Czechoslovakia, Norway, Romania, and West Germany. The United States then had to face the team that had defeated them less than a month before, the highly favored Soviet Union.
The United States went on to do the impossible and defeat the Soviet Union 4-3. The team than went on to win the 1980 Men's Hockey Olympic Games Gold Medal by defeating Finland.
This article is dedicated to the key members of that astounding team and to show you what happened to all of these players after that game.