40 years ago today: Final minute of the 'Miracle on Ice'

Tanya Simon
February 27, 2020

President Donald Trump welcomed members of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team at a Las Vegas rally on Friday, who were celebrating the anniversary of their historic win against the Soviet Union.

The victory became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and in USA sports.

The two players who were not be present at the event on February 21 and 22 are Bob Suter, who died in 2014, and forward Mark Pavelich, who was jailed previous year on assault charges and ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, so is now in a secure treatment facility in Minnesota.

While in Las Vegas for the anniversary of their stunning victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Olympians also dropped the ceremonial puck before Saturday's National Hockey League game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers.

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Saturday's free, family-friendly event in St. Paul celebrated that anniversary with youth hockey games and a parade.

The commemoration begins at 8 a.m. on ESPN with a segment on "SportsCenter", followed by "SportsCenter Special: Miracle on Ice at 40" at 2 p.m. on ABC.

It was a true David vs. Goliath game that no one thought the Americans would win, and the upset in the semifinals led to Team USA ultimately winning Olympic gold by beating Finland in the following game.

Like the great sportscaster Al Michaels said, "Do you believe in miracles?".

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