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On February 22, 1980, the American ice hockey team played the “Miracle on Ice.” The Miracle on Ice was a game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The Americans won, 4-3, and went on to win the gold medal two days later.
 
Everyone thought the Soviet team would win. One journalist wrote “Unless the ice melts, or unless the United States team . . . performs a miracle . . . the [Soviets] are expected to easily win the Olympic gold medal for the sixth time in the last seven tournaments.”
 
The young American team scored two goals in the first period, and hung on to their lead. The game’s announcer was as shocked as the rest of the audience. He ended his broadcast with a famous saying: “Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!”
Cold War
Noun

(1947-1991) conflict between the Soviet Union (and its allies) and the United States (and its allies). The two sides never confronted each other directly.

consider
Verb

to think about.

invasion
Noun

an attack or move to take possession.

Olympics
Noun

international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.

protest
noun, verb

demonstration against a policy or action.

Soviet Union
Noun

(1922-1991) large northern Eurasian nation that had a communist government. Also called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR.

tension
Noun

uncomfortable relationship between two people or groups.

tournament
Noun

competition.

upset
Noun

surprising victory over a strong opponent.

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