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Celebrate The Anniversary Of The ‘Miracle On Ice’ With These Historic Pictures [SLIDESHOW]

February 22, 2016 marks the 36-year anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in sports history when the USA hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics.

A young, scrappy group of college hockey players led by Coach Herb Brooks defeated the Soviet Union juggernaut roster of former Olympic champions and the best ice hockey players in the world. (SLIDESHOW: This NHL Player’s Girlfriend Is A Sexy Model Almost Too Hot To Handle)

Remember the glorious 4-3 victory with these historic pictures of the amazing gold medal run in the 1980 Olympics.

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  • LAKE PLACID, NY - FEBRUARY 22:  US hockey players John Harrington (L) and Michael Ramsey (top R) react after the puck was fired into the net for a goal past Soviet goalkeeper Vladimir Myshkin (C) as his teammates Sergei Makarov (top) and Zinetula Bilyaletdinov stand around.  (Photo credit: STAFF/Getty Images)
  • Soviet Union's national ice hockey team goalkeeper Vladislav Tretiak  was the best goalie in the world. (Photo credit: UN DA-SIN/Getty Images)
  • The puck flies past the United States goal during the Olympic hockey game against the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by:  Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Buzz Schneider #25 of the United States skates in front of his bench as time winds down during the Olympic hockey game against the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by:  Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Herb Brooks coached the young Team USA. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • Goalie Jim Craig #30  and his teammate Mike Ramsey #5 of the United States protect the goal. (Photo by:  Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • USA goalie Jim Craig played some of the best hockey ever seen in Olympic history. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • Mike Ramsey #5 of the United States stands over Valeri Kharlamov #17 of the Soviet Union.  (Photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)
  • Mike Ramsey #5 of the United States checks Valeri Kharlamov #17 of the Soviet Union.  (Photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)
  • Al Michaels called the game and announced the legendary saying, "Do you believe in miracles," as the final seconds ticked away. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • The Soviets were led by coach Viktor Tikhonov. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • US ice hockey fans wave national flags as they celebrate the United States' upset victory over the Soviet Union (4-3).  (Photo credit: STAFF/Getty Images)
  • Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union.  (Photo by Steve Powell /Getty Images)
  • The upset is widely considered the biggest upset in the history of sports. (Photo by Steve Powell /Getty Images)
  • The US would need to beat Finland to finish off the gold medal run. (Photo by Steve Powell /Getty Images)
  • A shocked Soviet player looks on as the USA players celebrate. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • The US defeated West Germany to setup the match with the Soviets. (Photo by: Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Most people never even thought the Americans would make the medal round. (Photo by: Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Goalie Jim Craig #30 of the United States makes a save during the Olympic hockey game against Finland on February 24, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by: Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Goalie Jim Craig #30 of the United States watches the puck sail by during the Olympic hockey game against Finland on February 24, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States won 4-2.  (Photo by:  Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • General view of a face off in the gold medal game between the United States and Finland during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The United States won the game 4-2 and the gold medal. (Credit: Getty Images/Steve Powell)
  • Goalie Jim Craig of the United States hockey team celebrates after the victory over Finland to win the gold medal on February 24, 1980 at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • The United States hockey team gather to celebrate their victory over Finland in the gold medal game on February 24, 1980 of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • The Soviet Union would finish with the silver medals. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Hockey fans couldn't believe that America had won the whole thing.  (Photo by: Steve Powell/ Getty Images)
  • The USA has never won a gold medal since the 1980 Olympics. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
  • Mark Johnson #10 of the United States hugs teammate Steve Christoff after winning the gold medal. (Photo by: Scott Powell/ Getty Images)
  • A fan of the U.S ice hockey team, carrying the national flag, walks among the players as they embrace each other following their victory for the gold medal. (Photo credit: STAFF/Getty Images)
  • The American flag is raised during the medal ceremony. (Credit: Screenshot/HBOGO)
  • Members of the 1980 US hockey team cheer after lighting the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium February 8, 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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