1. 1960: The original ‘Miracle on Ice’
Although not the miracle everyone remembers, the 1960 US hockey team (like the one in 1980) also came out of nowhere to take down the world’s best teams, one by one, grabbing the gold medal after winning all seven of their Olympic matches. The TV coverage just wasn’t in place to make this underdog triumph widely celebrated throughout the country, but it was no less exciting. This Games featured a six-team round robin medal round in which the Americans defied all odds be beating hockey titans Canada and the Soviet Union in consecutive games, 2-1 and 3-2, respectively. The US followed this up with a come-from-behind 9-4 victory over Czechoslovakia to clinch the gold. Canada defeated the Soviets in the last scheduled match of the Games to salvage the silver, although schedule organizers had assumed it would end up being the Gold Medal match.
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