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Miracle On Ice Anniversary: 32 years since United States shocked Soviets

The United States upset the heavily favored Soviet Union 4-3 en route to an improbable gold medal. (Photo: Associated Press)
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It's hard to believe that it has been more than three decades since Al Michaels uttered six words that would change the lexicon of sports forever.

On Feb. 22, 1980, in the middle of a delirious Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., he shouted, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" to shocked hockey fans worldwide.

With that, the Miracle On Ice was cemented in history. More than three decades have passed since the United States Olympic hockey team upset the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 en route to perhaps the most improbable gold medal in history, but most who saw it in 1980 still get chills when they see the video.

In the throes of the Cold War, the USSR dominated Olympic hockey, winning four straight gold medals going into the Lake Placid Olympic Games. Their players were professionals, while the Americans, who had never been seen as a hockey power, sent a group of amateur players from the college hockey ranks to play.

But when Mike Eruzione scored to give the scrappy Americans a 4-3 lead with 10 minutes left in a medal round game against the Soviets, the miracle was on its way to reality.

After the enormous upset, the United States knocked off Finland to clinch the gold.

What do you remember from that game? What memories does it bring back? Tell us in the comments.

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