historic_posterFINAL On Friday, February 22, 1980 the United States Olympic hockey team defeated the USSR team with a final score of 4-3. Although this game did not decide the medal- winning teams, the upset elicited an incomparable reaction from the home crowd in Lake Placid, NY. After four consecutive gold medals, the USSR was the highly favored winner, but that did not stop Herb Brooks from putting together a team of college-aged players and coaching them in a new playing style. It was not expected that the inexperienced team of new recruits, a new coach, and a new style of playing would make it to the Olympics, let alone defeat the Soviet team, which consisted of “military members” devoted to hockey training year-round. This game is commonly referred to as “The Miracle on Ice.” (created for a Graphic Design course at RIT)

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