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Prepare For The Olympics With The Chilling Miracle On Ice Speech

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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The winter Olympics are only a couple days away, and that means it’s a great time to watch the speech from “Miracle.”

The hit hockey movie tells the incredible true story of the United States of America defeating the Soviet Union on the way to winning the 1980 gold medal for hockey.

Coach Herb Brooks is an American hero and legend for leading the team to the greatest moment in American Olympics history. We’ve all heard the stories behind his famous speech, but the only video we have is Kurt Russell’s rendition from the movie.

It will give every freedom loving person chills.

“Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that’s what you have here tonight. That’s what you’ve earned tonight,” is one of the coolest lines I’ve never heard in sports.

The line, “You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you” isn’t very far behind.

I can’t even begin to tell you all how many times I’ve watched the movie. It’s a Christmas tradition in the Hookstead household, and I probably watch it half a dozen different times throughout the year. It’s the coolest story in American sports history. A bunch of college kids threw on pads, hit the ice and defeated the greatest sports juggernaut the world has ever seen.

Defeating the Soviet Union was a pipe dream for the entire world, including the Americans. They famously smacked our boys a couple weeks before the Olympics by a score of 10-3. Nobody thought the USA could play with them. After all, the Russians won every single gold medal except one from 1964 through 1992. They experienced an era of domination of sports that spanned nearly three decades, and will likely never be seen ever again.

The only people to ever stop them were a ragtag group of young Americans, and we did it when America desperately needed a win. If that doesn’t give you chills, then you need to get out of the country.

Now stand up and cheer as you watch the final minute of the game.

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