Fans, players relive the 'Miracle on Ice'


Today is one of those days that's frozen in time for many – the day 35 years ago that the U.S. men's hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, in what is considered one of the biggest sports upsets of all time.

USA Hockey is celebrating the anniversary all weekend with a reunion of all the team's players in Lake Placid, N.Y., the site of the games that year.

A 2015 twist on the anniversary was a live Twitter feed of the actual game, as it would have unfolded 35 years ago.

You can review the live feed here.

Saturday night's "Relive the Miracle" reunion at Herb Brooks Arena attracted more than 5,000 fans for a two-hour celebration of one of the most memorable upsets in sports history.

Every surviving player from the team made the trip, including Mark Pavelich, who drove from his Oregon home with two dogs, the Associated Press reports.

Everyone was there, except for head coach Herb Brooks of Minnesota, who died 12 years ago in a car accident, and defenseman Bob Suter of Madison, Wis., who died in September at age 57. It was the first time the team members had all been together since the Olympic games 35 years ago.

Suter's jersey was raised to the rafters as a tribute, the AP said, and the other players praised him.

"Bobby was a great player and a great person," said Mike Eruzione, who scored the game-winner against the Soviet Union in the medal round.

The Americans finished the 4-3 upset of the USSR to the sound of broadcaster Al Michaels’ call: “Do you believe in miracles?”

Two days later, the U.S. rallied to beat Finland 4-2 for the gold medal.

In 1980 the world was a tense place. The Soviet army had just invaded Afghanistan, a group of Americans was being held hostage in Iran, the U.S. economy was hurting, and President Jimmy Carter already had announced a U.S. boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow, CBS Sports recalls.

So the victory was that much sweeter for the team and for the U.S. as a country.

Even all these years later, the players say they are constantly asked about the Miracle on Ice and many of them still participate in events related to the team.

"This is the best team, the closest team I ever played on," Neal Broten said, according to the AP. "It was a privilege and honor for me to represent our country with these guys and do what we did."

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