The "Miracle on Ice" refers to a medal-round game during the men's ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, played between the hosting United States, and the defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. Finishing the first period tied at 2–2, and the Soviets leading 3-2 following the second, the U. team scored two more goals to take their first lead during the third and final period, winning the game 4-3 in a major upset against the Cold War rival. Likewise, the Soviet Union took the silver medal by beating Sweden. Equally well-known was the television call of the final seconds of the game by Al Michaels for ABC, in which he famously declared in the final seconds, "Do you believe in miracles?! " In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the "Miracle on Ice" the top sports moment of the 20th century.

The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Winter Olympic Games, and were the favorites to win once more in Lake Placid. The victory became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and in U. The Soviet team's Vladislav Tretiak (pictured here in 2008) was considered the best goaltender in ice hockey in 1980.

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On Wednesday 2th August, Hockey Victoria hosted a workshop run by Jason Ball.

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The team consisted primarily of professional players with significant experience in international play. The Americans scored two goals against him before he was pulled from the game at the end of the first period.

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. The advent of the state-sponsored "full-time amateur athlete" of the Eastern Bloc countries further eroded the ideology of the pure amateur, as it put the self-financed amateurs of the Western countries at a disadvantage.

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