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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Clip of 'Miracle' speech a YouTube hit

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Josh Sacco does a pretty spot-on impersonation of actor Kurt Russell as U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks from the movie "Miracle."

Going Viral: Watch It

Herb Brooks

Click here to watch Josh Sacco's impersonation of actor Kurt Russell delivering the pregame speech, as Herb Brooks (pictured), to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in "Miracle."

The Tennessee boy's recitation of the speech before the Americans' game with the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympic Games is an Internet sensation. He repeated it in a new video from the NHL's Nashville Predators' dressing room with the team's mascot.

Sacco received a rousing cheer after the team showed it Thursday night during the first period of the Predators' home opener.

The now 5-year-old hockey fan memorized the movie by watching it repeatedly. He recited the speech a dozen times before his father recorded him at their Spring Hill, Tenn., home.

It wound up on YouTube only because they couldn't e-mail it to relatives.