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Preparation key for U.S. women's team

Updated: August 24, 2009, 5:24 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

When Mark Johnson and his USA Hockey teammates arrived in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the Winter Olympic Games in 1980, they had no idea that they would perform a miracle on ice.

But they arrived knowing they were prepared, and that proved to be a lasting lesson that Johnson took from American coach Herb Brooks.

"We were so well prepared when we got off the bus in the Lake Placid, we were ready to go," Johnson said.

Now the coach of the U.S. women's national ...

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