In a nation that idolizes its sports figures like Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan, and organizations such as the Red Sox and the Lakers, it seems almost impossible for a group of college students to make a lasting impression on fans alike. “It may just be the single most indelible moment in all of U.S. sports history,” said Sports Illustrated of Team USA's improbable gold medal run at the 1980 Winter Olympics. A moment that sent an entire nation into frenzy, the victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics will forever be coined as The Miracle on Ice.
In a sport that was accustomed to using professional athletes in the Olympics to represent their country, coach Herb Brooks of the 1980 Men’s U.S Hockey team made the impossible happen by selecting 20 young college students to represent their native country of the United States in the Olympic games. While the United States was in disbelief about this choice, Herb Brooks believed in these young men to carry out his legacy of a missed opportunity twenty years prior when he was cut from the Olympic team one day before the medal round.