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Miracle On Ice

From left: Jim Morgan, Buzz Schneider and Ted Blazer stand in front of 1980 scoreboard prior to dismantling
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Today is the 40th anniversary of one of the biggest upsets in sports history. And it all happened in upstate New York. 

Lake Placid is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics.  A number of athletes who competed are returning to the village to reminisce and reacquaint with residents who helped organize or volunteered during the games.  Three people who worked behind the scenes during the games spoke with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley this week.  Marina LaDuke was a press photographer — among those selected to travel to Greece on Air Force 2 to get the Olympic flame.

Lake Placid Olympic speed skating oval (file)
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It’s 1980 in Lake Placid. A cauldron is lit and from February 13th to the 24th more than a thousand athletes from 37 countries compete in 38 events during the second winter Olympics held in the village.  Eric Heiden makes Olympic history, winning five individual gold medals in speed skating. Ice skaters Scott Hamilton, Robin Cousins, Tai Babilonia and other team members entrance the world.  The Miracle on Ice stuns even the winning players.

Four decades later, Lake Placid and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are marking the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1980 games.  ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the celebrations will begin with a torch run and cauldron lighting.

1980 scoreboard in Herb Brooks arena
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An iconic symbol of the 1980 Winter Olympics was decommissioned this morning in Lake Placid.
The scoreboard in the Herb Brooks Arena, where the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice hockey game, was lowered from the rafters to be replaced.

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Lake Placid paid tribute to one of the greatest Olympic hockey games ever played this weekend. All surviving members of the 1980 Miracle on Ice U.S. men’s hockey team returned to the Adirondack village to remember the event on Saturday.

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Thirty five years after the Miracle on Ice, the surviving members of the 1980 Team USA hockey team returned to Lake Placid to relive the event.

Team captain Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Russian team. He said  the game endures because it touched the nation.

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It’s a game that still resonates across the sports world — arguably the biggest upset in history. Saturday night, the entire 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a public celebration of what Sports Illustrated called “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.”

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On Saturday the 1980 Olympic Hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a special celebration.

It's one of the greatest sporting moments of the 20th century: the winning goal Mike Eruzione scored against the Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Now the 58-year-old "Miracle On Ice" captain is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick and other Olympic paraphernalia.