The Cold War And The Soviet Union Hockey Essay

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“Do you believe in miracles?” Al Michaels asked America as the last seconds trickled away in the Soviet-American Olympic hockey game. The Soviet Union hockey team had dominated the hockey world consistently for the past decade, this era of Soviet superiority came to an end as the underdog American team routed the Soviets four to three, moving to the next round of competition with a chance to win the gold medal in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The game symbolized confrontation between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) after decades of being locked in a proxy war. The Cold War, most notably defined by proliferating nuclear arms that shaped a new generation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Cold War America faced many challenges on the home front. Oil embargoes placed on America during the 1970’s had profound impacts limiting civilians to three gallons of gas a week, forcing people to carpool, and creating a black market of oil. Conflicts in the Middle East increased economic pressure as the American government supported Israel and Iraq in the Arab-Israeli War of 1973 and the Iran-Iraq War in 1980-1988. As the Cold War progressed through the 1980’s, President Ronald Reagan and the United States Department of Defense invested in the expansion of the American military and making technological advancements in this area. Increasing competition brought on as a side-effect of the superpowers’ resolution…

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