Monday, March 15, 2010
Miracle (Disney 2004)
The United States vs. USSR hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.
I was...gosh...5 years old when this happened. But I do remember it very well.
I remember watching it with my family on a really cold day. Even though hockey was not a popular sport where I was from, THIS game was important. Why? Because WE were playing THEM.
All I knew was that the Soviets were the bad guys and we were the good guys. My folks told me stories of Olympic pasts where the Soviets cheated their way to gold. I remember being told beating THEM at anything was (and still is) very important.
After the game, I went outside to play basketball with my dad who was still giddy about beating THEM!
The message my parent's taught me that day? Even if we would have lost that game...we're still better.
Here is a summary from IMDb...
The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
Here is the trailer...