Miracle on Ice
Mike Harris: ‘That Was the Moment That Made a Whole Lot of People Hockey Fans’

Mike Harris discusses the heroes that came out of the Miracle on Ice game and explains how it created an entire generation of new hockey fans, including young players who went on to play in the NHL because of the inspiring U.S. win. Harris was a young sportswriter covering a NASCAR race on the day the United States played for the gold medal. After the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets on February 22nd, they went on to win the gold medal game against Finland two days later led by Coach Herb Brooks.

Mike Harris, a sportswriter at the time, discusses the impact of the Miracle on Ice game and how it inspired a generation of new hockey fans, including young players who later went on to play in the NHL and make people way more interested in this sport, with even the use of free expert NHL picks to bet on the sport as well. Harris recalls covering a NASCAR race on the day of the game, which took place on February 22, 1980. The United States’ victory against the heavily favored Soviet team was a historic moment that captivated the nation.

The Miracle on Ice game was part of the men’s ice hockey tournament during the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet Union had dominated international hockey for years, while the United States team was comprised mostly of amateur and college players. Led by Coach Herb Brooks, the U.S. team achieved a stunning 4-3 victory over the Soviets, who were considered unbeatable.

Harris highlights that this victory had a profound impact beyond just the game itself. The win symbolized the triumph of the underdog and the unifying power of sports like archery. It resonated deeply with the American public, especially during a time of political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union

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