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USA's 'Miracle On Ice' Performance - Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

Team USA defeats the mighty USSR Ice Hockey team in a game that would be forever know as the 'miracle on ice'.

The underdog triumph came at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games as Team USA went on to win gold in the event.

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The Ice Hockey tournament at the Lake Placid Olympics was decided in a final group stage including United States, Soviet Union, Sweden and Finland. And, although there was no final match per say, the match between the USA and the USSR became later known as the unofficial final, dubbed the "Miracle on Ice".

The Soviet team was heralded as the strongest in the world, with an amazing recent record, including beating the Americans by 10-3 in a preparatory match only three days before the Games.

The match began closely with a 2x2 score at the end of the first period. During the second period only the Soviets scored, leaving the USA behind by 3x2 with 20 minutes left. Still, the United States made an impressive comeback and - pushed by their home supporters - scored twice in the final period to win the match by 4x3 in a thrilling and surprising turn of events.

Team USA would later become the Olympic champion after a final 4x2 win against Finland.

Find out more about Olympic ice hockey: http://www.olympic.org/ice-hockey

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