The Olympic Center Arena Stadium Essay

1429 Words May 30th, 2016 6 Pages
On February 22, 1980, two teams hit the ice in the Olympic Center Arena, now called Herb Brooks Arena, in the small town of Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet team, made up of active duty military members and world class athletes, took on the young American team, made up of mostly college kids and amateur hockey players. The Soviets struck first with a goal which was shortly answered by the United States team. The Soviets answered with another goal and as the period was about to end, the American team snuck in another goal to tie the score up 2-2 at the end of the first period. The Russians changed goalies going into the second period and although they outshot the Americans 12-2 in the second period, the Soviets managed to only score one goal, gaining a 3-2 lead at the end of the second period. Halfway through the third and final period, the Americans scored two goals, gaining the lead for the first time in the entire game, and continued to play offensively even though all they had to do was defend for 10 minutes. The United States team held the Soviet team off for those 10 minutes and won the game that is now called the “Miracle on Ice.” This was just one of the games in the 1980 Winter Olympics and one of the small victories in public eyes in the ongoing Cold War. Within a decade, the “Miracle on Ice” game in the 1980 Winter Olympics helped shift public opinion of the United States and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics conflict in the Cold War and aided the United States…

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