7 Memorable Olympics Moments
A look back at the best and worst moments of past Winter Olympics.
Every four years, dreams are both made and shattered on the snow-covered slopes and glass-smooth ice rinks of the Winter Olympics. As we watch a new set of unforgettable memories being made at the games in Vancouver, BettyConfidential brings you the most memorable Winter Olympic moments from the past.
The Miracle on Ice
The USA hockey team’s unbelievable win over the Soviets in the semi-final in 1980 in Lake Placid, NY, is considered by many to be the greatest moment in Olympic history. It came during a period when recession was hitting the American people and the government was battling an international political crisis with both the Soviet Union and Iran. The U.S. hit the ice as heavy underdogs against a fierce Soviet team that included many players who were in active duty in the Red Army as part of the Cold War. Against all the odds, goalie Jim Craig expertly defended Soviet attacks on the net leading to a game-winning goal by Mike Eruzione that not only led his team to a 4-3 victory, but lifted the spirit of the whole country, causing commentator Al Michaels to utter his famous line: “Do you believe in miracles? YES!”