The “Miracle on Ice” was a triumph years in the making under the careful, demanding and creative guidance of coach Herb Brooks. Some of the documents that were part of the improbable U.S. victory over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics are now for sale, along with a bunch of other belongings of the late hockey great.
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There were plenty of little things that went wrong for the Americans in their fourth consecutive Olympic loss to their archrivals, but the biggest issue was this: They had a two-goal lead with 3:26 left to play in the third period, and they let Canada back in the game.
Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner with a power play goal at 8:10 of overtime.
Saturday’s Olympic hockey match-up between Team USA and Russia had many thinking back 34 years ago to the “Miracle on Ice” game at Lake Placid. So it was only fitting that a viewing party was held at the Herb Brooks Training Center at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, with dozens of hockey fans in attendance. “You get to see the best players,” said fan Brian Maloney. “It’s fun to watch them play the Russians with all the history and stuff.”
T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round.
Ben Brushoff and Tony Carlson walked into Bolshoy Ice Dome for the men’s hockey game between the United States and Russia all decked out in stars and stripes. They didn’t have much company.
Icy stares, bone-crunching checks, even a skirmish or two in front of the net. The matchup between the United States and Russia on Saturday may have lacked the political tension that engulfed the game in 1980, but the Sochi version was still teeming with intensity on the ice.
If you’re tuning into the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, it’s hard not to wonder what these Olympic venues will look like in ten years. While we wait for the answer, check out these abandoned Olympic venues you can still travel to.
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics. Koivu, who had surgery after fracturing his right ankle while blocking a shot on Jan. 4, has been out the past 15 games for Minnesota heading into the Olympic break.
A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation’s year-old ban on adoptions by Americans. She and her husband adopted a boy from Russia in 2008 and refuse to give up long-standing efforts to also adopt their son’s biological brother from an orphanage in the city of Kursk. Renee Thomas was featured on TV Dozhd (TV Rain), Russia’s top independent station, in an 11-minute segment that aired Thursday, a day before the opening of the Olympics in Sochi. At the close of the segment, she breaks into tears as she explains her family’s determination.
The 2014 Winter Olympics got underway in Sochi, Russia, Thursday night, but some Minnesotans held their own Olympics right in the Twin Cities metro. It started with opening ceremonies, then got down to business.
Listen to what this member of the MIRACLE ON ICE team thinks of U.S. HOCKEY and his son Ryan…..Bob Suter talks with Dave Lee….Click the link to hear the podcast.
Mikko Koivu’s return to the Minnesota Wild likely won’t come until after the Olympics, leaving his availability for Finland during the Winter Games in question. Koivu broke his right ankle Jan. 4 when he was hit by a puck and had surgery to accelerate the recovery. The captain and first-line center has resumed skating, but Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after practice Monday that Koivu’s availability for the last two games before the Olympics break was “highly in doubt.”
All this week, we’re embracing the cold and having some winter fun. One sport that’s been growing in popularity in recent years and is being played by more and more groups is the Olympic sport called curling. You may be familiar with it because of the flamboyance of the Norwegian team’s unique pants.
As many as five Minnesota Wild players will play for their native countries in the Winter Olympics next month. Forwards Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu were named Tuesday to Finland’s roster. Koivu’s participation is in question because of a broken ankle he suffered Saturday and had surgery to fix Monday.
Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia.
The U.S. men’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced, and close to half of the players all share Minnesota connections. Among those headed to Sochi in Russia will be the Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Five members or former members of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team will be heading to Sochi in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Among those who were named to the team was forward Amanda Kessel, who was named NCAA player of the year.
Hilary Knight scored the lone shootout goal and the United States women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 on Saturday in a pre-Olympic exhibition game. Jessie Vetter stopped all three Canadian shootout attempts. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter scored for the United States in regulation, and Meghan Acosta-Marciano and Marie-Philip Poulin countered for Canada. Canada rallied to tie it in the third period.
Lindsey Vonn is skiing in Chile and way ahead of her rehab schedule with the Sochi Olympics five months away. The four-time World Cup overall champion returned to the slopes over the weekend nearly seven months after her injury.
We know that many of you have some time off from work this week and that the kids are home from school until after New Year’s. That means you may be looking for a place to have some family fun.