1980 “MIRACLE ON ICE” TOPS FOX SPORTS TOP-10 LIST OF OLYMPIC MOMENTS

2/10/2010

“Miracle on Ice” Tops on Olympic Sports List

U.S. Defeat of Heavily Favored Soviet Union Tops Fox Sports Top-10 List of Olympic Moments

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Fox Sports today, Thursday, Feb. 11, announced that the top moment in Winter Olympic history is the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” in which the United States hockey team stunned the Soviet Union 4-3. That win by the college-aged American squad over the heavily favored powerhouse Soviets allowed the team to claim its first Olympic gold medal in 20 years.

The “Miracle on Ice,” wasn’t the only moment from the Lake Placid games to crack Fox Sport’s top-10 list. Eric Heiden’s five Olympic gold medal performance came in at…. of course number-five.

Heiden secured his place in Olympic history, as the best all-around speedskater in history when he won all five men’s events, setting four Olympic and one world record along the way. Heiden is still the only Winter Olympian to win all five events in any Olympics.

The announcement comes as Lake Placid gears up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the1980 games, honoring those two moments and several more, beginning Saturday, Feb. 13, and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 28. Families and visitors will have the opportunity to visit and compete on the same venues that were used during the 1980 winter games during the Winter Challenge which will feature a torch run, opening ceremonies and events including alpine racing, biathlon bobsled, curling, figure skating, hockey, Olympic trivia, skeleton, ski jumping and speedskating.

The 1980 cauldron will be re-lit on Saturday, Feb. 13. On Sunday, Feb. 14, visitors can embrace the greatest moment in Winter Olympic history with an opportunity to watch Disney’s “Miracle” in the 1980 Olympic arena, the same arena where the U.S. Olympic hockey team won the improbable gold medal.

Buzz Schneider, a member of the famed hockey team, will greet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures, at 6 p.m., before the double feature showing of the nationally televised “Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid’s Olympic Story” and “Miracle.” Showtime begins at 7 p.m. and ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children and all proceeds benefit the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Museum.

Additional activities include a viewing of the NHL’s Stanley Cup, in the Olympic Museum, toboggan races, fireworks and Olympic Oval Youth Days, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 27. During the two events, youth and families will have the opportunity to experience Olympic sports such as biathlon, curling, hockey, Nordic skiing, skating and sliding. There will also be live music and entertainment and admission is free. Free souvenir bibs will be given to all participants.

To see the Fox Sport’s complete list of top-10 moments in Winter Olympic history log on tohttp://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/lists/Top-10-moments-in-Winter-Olympics-history#sport=Olympics&photo=10818886.

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