U.S. Hockey Team's 'Miracle' Gold Medal Was 35 Years Ago

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Posted at 3:58 AM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-18 03:58:00-05

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — It's been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday.

Eruzione says he's doing something every week that's associated with 1980, the year he scored a game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the medal round at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

It was a bunch of college kids matched up against one of the best teams in hockey history. The United States triumphed with an improbable comeback 35 years ago.

The U.S. defeated the Soviets 4-3 on Eruzione's 30-foot shot midway through the third period to deprive them of what likely would have been their sixth gold medal in seven Olympics.

The United States then clinched the gold by rallying past Finland 4-2.