The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne CoffeyThe Story of the Greatest Sports Moment of the Twentieth Century
Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered what Sports Illustrated called the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable.
Wayne Coffey casts a fresh eye on this seminal sports event, giving readers an ice-level view of the amateurs who took on a Russian hockey juggernaut at the height of the Cold War. He details the unusual chemistry of the Americans—formulated by their fiercely determined coach, Herb Brooks—and seamlessly weaves portraits of the boys with the fluid action of the game itself. Coffey also traces the paths of the players and coaches since their stunning victory, examining how the Olympic events affected their lives.
Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, The Boys of Winter is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of one Friday night in Lake Placid and the enduring power of the extraordinary.
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Miracle on Ice
The United States Olympic Hockey Team will forever remain etched in our memories as one of the greatest sporting events of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated selected the team's victory over the Soviet Union en route to winning the gold medal as the No. It was a magical ride that happened amidst the backdrop of the Iranian hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - events that made the now fabled "Miracle on Ice" even more impactful on American history. The coach of the squad was Herb Brooks, who was no stranger to the U. Olympic hockey program.
Medals: 7 Gold , 1 Silver , 1 Bronze , 9 Total. Participants: distinct athletes, won medals Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Are you a Stathead, too? Subscribe to our Newsletter.
The " Miracle on Ice " was a medal-round game during the men's ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York , played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games, and were the favorites to win once more in Lake Placid. The team consisted primarily of professional players with significant experience in international play. By contrast, the United States' team—led by head coach Herb Brooks —consisted exclusively of amateur players, and was the youngest team in the tournament and in U. In the group stage, both the Soviet and U. For the first game in the medal round, the United States played the Soviets. Finishing the first period tied at 2—2, and the Soviets leading 3—2 following the second, the U.
There have been a number of great hockey teams from outside of North America. With the World Cup of Hockey upon us, it's a good time to examine the question of which international team was the best in history. There's really only one answer: the Soviet Union team. To be fair, it could be any of the Big Red Machine's teams between and because there was so little roster turnover, but the team melded the dominant teams of the s with what would become the dominant teams of the '80s. And the legendary Vladislav Tretiak was in goal. That's what made it so special. Because the Russians were that good.