Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

40 Years Later, the ‘Miracle on Ice’ Still Thrills Us

The American Olympic hockey team celebrates a 4–3 victory over the Soviet Union, February 22, 1980. (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)
The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, by Mike Eruzione with Neal E. Boudette (Harper, 288 pp., $27.99)

I’m an aficionado of sports highlights and calls, and a repeat viewer on YouTube.

There are some classics that never grow old. The Shot Heard Round the World (“The Giants win the pennant!”). The gimpy Kirk Gibson home run (“In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened”). The California Golden Bears’ last-second, five-lateral kickoff return against Stanford (“The band is out on the field!”). The classic Texas high-school match-up, John Tyler versus Plano East, with the wildest finish of any football game ever played—look it up (“Oh, no!! Oh, my God!!”). And because I’m a Yankees fan

This article appears as “The Miracle That Never Ceases” in the March 23, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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