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Do You Believe In Miracles The Story of the 1980 US Mens Olympic Hockey Team It was more than a hockey game It was the US against the world It was freedom vs communism No one gave them a hope or a way to win It was a sliver of the cold war played out on a sheet of ice Here you have a bunch of fresh-faced college kids taking on the big bad soviet bear In the US in the Olympics the confluence of events was so extrodanary that it will never happen again No one paid attention to what Americans said in the world anymore Our hostages were taken and we couldnt get them back The Red Army went into Afghanistan and we couldnt get them out It might have been the all time low point for American self-esteem Who knew that these kids would be the vehicle to make Americans excited and proud to wave a flag again It was a miracle David slew Goliath It was the greatest sports moment of the 20th century This is the story of the 1980 US hockey team and their importance in the world at that time America for many it is a word that conjures up images of a land made of miracles Where anything is possible but thats not how it was in the late 70s when a darkness seemed to hang over the nation It was Kent State and final defeat in Vietnam There was Watergate and Three Mile Island there were long lines at the gas stations and exuberant interest rates at the banks And at the end of the decade an overwhelming imaged signifying how powerless weve become as we seen our men taken hostage in Iran and we couldnt save them No one would know that of all things a hockey game played by twenty American kids full of optimism and determination that would
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