Miracle on Ice
take of Olympic hockey captures feelings of the time
new movie Miracle is based on the true story
of Herb Brooks and the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. All true
hockey fans already know the story of The Miracle
on Ice, even though it happened more than 20 years
ago. To put that in perspective, only a few undergraduates
were even born when this happened, but yet the story is
still inspiring today.
U.S. Olympic Committee chose University of Minnesota coach
Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) to coach the American hockey
team with the hope of not being embarrassed by the eastern
bloc countries in the upcoming winter games at Lake Placid.
The Soviet Union had dominated the Olympic hockey scene
since the mid-1960s, while the U.S. team had been its
whipping boy. In the movie, the team sets out as individuals
playing on the same team, but through the course of the
movie they grow close to one another, and through the
tough-love coaching of Brooks, they realize a common goal
to rise above the odds.
Russells character, Herb Brooks, expresses
his enthusiasm for the U.S. Hockey team during the
1980 Winter Olympics. Miracle opened nationwide