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Re: [hockhist] 1980 Miracle On Ice - pre-Olympic predictions

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    Pattie, Thanks for posting that. Very interesting! Craig ... From: Pattie Anderson To: hockhist Date: July 1, 2000
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2 4:17 AM
      Pattie,

      Thanks for posting that. Very interesting!

      Craig
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Pattie Anderson <pattiea@...>
      To: hockhist <hockhist@egroups.com>
      Date: July 1, 2000 2:29 PM
      Subject: [hockhist] 1980 Miracle On Ice - pre-Olympic predictions


      >I was doing some more research on Richmond's hockey history this morning
      >when I ran across a 1980 UPI article with pre-Olympic predictions broken
      >down by sport. Here's what the writer had to say about hockey:
      >
      > Hockey - The Soviet Union, which has won the world and Olympic
      >championships 16 times since 1964, and Czechoslovakia, a three-time
      >world titlist, are the teams to beat for the gold medal. The U.S.
      >squad, coached by Minnesota's Herb Brooks, doesn't appear strong enough
      >to win a gold medal but a silver or a bronze is a strong possibility.
      > "For us, I think we'll have to be more lucky than good," says Brooks.
      >"We'll have to get the goalkeeping and we'll have to be injury-free at
      >the time. Then, we have to get a few bounces. But, we're having a good
      >year and we're a good hockey team. Some people say this is the best
      >Olympic team since 1960 when we won the gold medal.
      > "That was 20 years ago. The Europeans have made phenomenal improvement
      >in their game. The Americans have improved, but we haven't improved
      >even close to what the Europeans have. A bronze this year would be like
      >a gold medal in 1960. And a gold this year would be like a double
      >gold."
      >
      >[end excerpt about hockey - source: "U.S. Strongest in Skating,"
      >Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/27/80, p. B-4]
      >
      >Pattie
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      >Patricia C. Anderson <pattiea@...>
      >http://www.bigfoot.com/~pattiea
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