"The Miracle on Ice" February 22, 1980 - In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.
On Feb. 22, 1980, the Miracle on Ice took place during a medal-round men’s ice hockey game between the United States and Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The single, lasting image of the Lake Placid Games is the infectious joy displayed by the U.S. hockey team following its 4-3 win over the Soviets. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the greatest underdog and upset in sports history. The 1980 Winter Olympics, Team USA, consisting of college kids and amateurs, defeats the well trained and powerhouse Soviet Union hockey team in the semi final game famously dubbed, the Miracle on Ice.