Flashback to hockey gold

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Members of the USA hockey team celebrate their improbable gold-medal win at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

On this day in 1980, the U.S. men's hockey team won the gold medal at the Lake Placid Olympics. Two days earlier, on Feb. 22, 1980, the U.S. opened its medal-round play against the Soviet Union in a game that was quickly dubbed the "Miracle On Ice." The dominant Soviets, winners of the last four gold medals in the event, were considered the heavy favorites. In front of a sold-out crowd of 8,500, the Americans scored two goals in the third period to pull off the shocking 4-3 upset. It is still considered one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history. Two days later, on Feb. 24, the Americans took on Finland, and its 4-2 win clinched Team USA's first men's hockey gold medal since the 1960 Games. The U.S. men's hockey team has yet to return to the top of the podium, despite multiple close opportunities. The men finished off the podium, in fourth place, in Sochi.

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