Lead: One of the twentieth century’s most exhilarating moments in sports transformed the closing moments of the 1980 Winter Olympics ice hockey championship into a “Miracle on Ice.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The “Miracle on Ice” of course refers to the United States ice hockey team victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, New York.  When the two teams met on February 22nd, the U.S. team was the clear underdog. The Soviet Union had blown the U.S. team away at an exhibition game earlier in the month at Madison Square Garden and had dominated ice hockey in the Olympics since 1964. It was considered the world’s most formidable hockey machine – routinely winning international competitions.

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