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Master motivator Brooks recalls U.S. victory

Updated: August 11, 2003, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

Editor's note: This story was originally written in 2000 by The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Millions of Americans who otherwise wouldn't watch hockey if it were played in their backyards sat transfixed before their TVs, holding their breath, counting the seconds, anguishing with every shot, every save, every Soviet flurry.

They were watching something special, something momentous inside a tiny, partly empty arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. But most understood a cold, hard blast of Russian-delivered ...

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