Going for the Gold: How the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Won at Lake Placid

Going for the Gold: How the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Won at Lake Placid

by Tim Wendel


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Three decades later, the "Miracle on Ice" still captures imaginations around the world and causes American hearts to swell with pride. This is the thrilling true story of how a ragtag team of collegiate and amateur athletes united in the shadow of the Cold War to defeat the seemingly invincible Soviet ice hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Author Tim Wendel, a lifelong hockey fan, began following the U.S. team a year before their Olympic triumph. He joined their road trips, reported on their games for a variety of publications, and eventually came to know not only every member of the team but also their friends, families, and former coaches. Wendel draws upon these close ties to offer moving stories of the players' boyhoods in Minnesota, North Dakota, and the Boston area as well as updates on their post-Olympic careers. Sixty-two action photographs complement the story of the team's amazing victory, which was voted by Sports Illustrated as the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century and inspired two movies. Even those with no interest in sports or hockey will appreciate this tale of faith, perseverance, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486474618
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/14/2010
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 985,796
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

José Luis Villegas is a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee. His work has appeared in the books Away Games and Home is Everything.

Tim Wendel is the author of four books, including Castro's Curveball: A Novel and The New Face of Baseball. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, GQ and Esquire. Visit the author at www.timwendel.com

Table of Contents

Part I—How They Won
1. On the Road
2. Going for the Gold
Part II—Meet the Champions
3. The Minnesota Way
4. Fleet, Fast and Unlucky
5. The Iron Ranger
6. The Conehead Who Wouldn't Quit
7. The Kid from Bunker Hill
8. Shelter from the Storm
9. The Midas Touch
10. The Best of Both Worlds
11. A Modern Myth
Part III—Statistical Review

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