Despite the Loss, Team USA Delivered a Generation's Miracle on Ice

Kyle McMorrowCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  Zach Parise (2nd L) #9 of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal to tie the scores 2-2 late in the third during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It didn't have a storybook ending. It may not be made into a movie or make its way through the decades on the tongues of those who were around to watch, but the 2010 USA men's hockey team was my generation's miracle on ice.

With all the bashing and critiques media outlets pushed onto the laps of the the young Americans, many of which had never played on the Olympic stage before, one would believe USA had no chance of succeeding, let alone reach the finals—but they were wrong.

Today, I was inspired that willpower exists in every one of us as long as we believe that the impossible is never the case.

With all eyes on Vancouver's final day of action, USA showed that while they may not have been the most talented or experienced on paper, all the statistics and analysis means nothing when the puck is dropped.

All tournament long USA picked off teams supposedly "superior" to them in every way, icing world powers such as Finland and Switzerland, and even defeating Canada back in the early rounds.

As today's game approached, Team USA gained some respect, and in some eyes, had a chance to win before falling short 3-2 in overtime.

Usually miracles have happy endings. In a Biblical reference, the sick were healed; in sports, the 1980 USA men's hockey team defeated the USSR, but today's game puts a different twist on the meaning.

It's a sorrowful one rather than a joyous one.

That miracle did not just consist of one game, but carried the the U.S. through the tournament, and came full circle today when the Americans found themselves down 2-0 to the "Greatest Show on Ice", and looked to be defeated midway through the second period.

But with no alarm, the U.S. tapped into some of that miraculous dust and not only cut the deficit to 2-1, but turned up the pressure on Canada, and made fans once again believe.

However, that belief must have wavered in some, if not all, as the clocked ticked down to the final seconds for the American Cinderellas.

But this team was not turning into any pumpkins, for their talent and determination was true, and proved so as they knotted the score and had the hockey giants' eyes tied to their shoestrings.

However, things didn't turn out favorably for the red, white, and blue, and that's ok.

I was not around for the original "Miracle on Ice", nor do I wish to have been, because today I got to see my own miracle: Not the garden variety type that ends with a smile, but the one that will give all kids, not just Americans, the belief that anything is possible, no matter how bad the odds look.

If you say a loss is a loss no matter how you view it, you're wrong. This team has done more for American hockey than any other American could have done for their respective sport this Olympics.