On This Date 2/22/1980

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In what has been widely considered the greatest moment in the history of sports, Team USA defeats the Soviet Union 4-3 in hockey at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The win comes at a time when spirits are at an all-time low in the United States. Using a ragtag group of college players, the Americans end the Soviets’ two-decade lock on hockey gold in what will come known as the Miracle on Ice.

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