Members of the gold medal 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team are honored prior to an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes, Friday Feb. 7, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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As would be expected, Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics "Miracle on Ice" are as different as the Cold War philosophies that provided the backdrop for a sporting contest that left an indelible mark on both countries.In the United States, where multimillion-dollar baseball and NFL vie for top billing, it is an ice hockey game played for fun by college kids that has become a cherished piece of American folklore, the subject of countless books and documentaries, two movies, and, according to numerous polls, the greatest moment in the country's sporting history.It is a different memory for American goaltender Jim Craig, who was snapped in one of the most enduring images of that evening wrapped in the American flag standing on the ice amid the wild celebrations and chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" searching the stands for his father, barely a day passes without someone asking about the game simply referred to as "The Miracle".The Olympics are likely never again to experience the perfect storm of politics, sport and timing that converged on a tiny rink in 1980 to produce what Sports Illustrated named the "Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century" and the International Ice Hockey Federation singled out on its 100th anniversary as the century's No. 1 hockey story.
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