February 22, 1980, was one of the most significant days in American sports history. It was the day the U.S. Olympic Men's hockey team upset the Soviet Union to put them in the finals, which they eventually went on to win, and earned a Gold Medal.
It was one of those "where were you" moments. The Russians had dominated the hockey landscape since the 60's, and none of the so-called experts gave the U.S. a chance to even give them a good game, much less knock them off.
This past Sunday, just one day before the 30th anniversary of that amazing event, the U.S. team did it again, this time upsetting Team Canada 5-3. Though the U.S. still has a way to go to win a Gold, it was almost as stunning a victory as the one in 1980. The Canadians hadn't lost to the U.S. in hockey since 1960, and Sunday's U.S. win came on the Canadians' home soil, or ice, to be more specific.
With all the problems and trials facing us in our country today, it's nice to have stories like these to keep us inspired. Yes, the problems will still be there when everyone comes home from Vancouver, but this latest "Miracle On Ice" is not only a nice distraction, it's a proud moment for our country, and the people who train hard for years to reach this moment.