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The word Miracle is one that jumps out at people. It makes some people believers, and others doubters. That is exactly what the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team did to the world. It went against all odds and turned a country that was getting ridiculed during the cold war into a champion after beating their cold war rivals, The Soviets. A lot of people might say that the victory was just on an ice rink and that there is no way it could translate into a victory off it and into the political spectrum. However, I believe that the hockey game between the US and the Soviets was a complete microcosm of the cold war. The United States, a team that was getting ridiculed and laughed for being too small and inexperienced, was changed into great champions that gained respect. The American people became believers uniting like no other. 30 years after this grand victory, the American people that witnessed this experience remember it in a crystal clear manner; and for those of us who weren't able to be there then, also remember this miracle in a very clear way. That is thanks to the great Walt Disney movie, "Miracle." "Miracle" did more than just show the American people an event that happened in the 1980 Olympics, it reunited them once again and made the American people believe that they live in the greatest country ever, bringing back the pride of being Americans. The movie, "Miracle," directed by Gavin O'Connor, was released in 2003. Based on the United States Olympic hockey team during the 1980's Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, it follows the lives of college hockey players who are just a bunch of hot shots trying to get their names out there, and don't actually believe in winning the Gold Medal. The coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell), on the other side, however, is determined on winning the gold medal for the United States, no matter what the odds are. Herb Brooks, previously a college hockey coach at the University of Minnesota, wanted to win no matter the circumstances and no matter with what players in particular, he just wanted to win for the United States of America. As Elvis Mitchell from the New York Times says about Herb Brooks, "Taking a group of young, unproven players allows him to beat them down by constant pressure into the unit he wants -- he says they may not be the best team, but they're the right one." All he wanted to do was win, and with the 1980's Olympic hockey team that is just what he did. Little did he know how much grandeur of a victory this was for his country than what anyone else had ever imagined it could be. In a time of sadness and neglect towards the American flag by its own citizens, and in the midst of a hostage crisis in Iran, winning this gold medal was exactly what was needed to boost the countries moral. "Miracle," the movie, captured this perfectly and was able to share it with generations of Americans that weren't even close to the time period when the Miracle happened. Despite the event happening in 1980, I can go up to a 10 year old boy, who is a hockey fan now, and ask him about the 1980 Olympics and chances are that he will be able to tell me all about the Miracle on ice. This is all thanks to the movie, "Miracle." The movie took all the emotions, the good ones and the bad ones from 1980, and portrayed them in the movie so that the people watching it could learn how much the game actually meant to this country. At the beginning of the movie, the director and producers show the turmoil that the United States is battling through. Some examples are the cold war, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the oil depletion, the Soviets invading Afghanistan, the low moral of this country, and especially the declining of patriotism that all the Americans were facing. All of these emotional issues are displayed in the movie, angering much of the audience. This was done so the audience would start to be able to feel how much the game really mattered in the actual spectrum of things. Therefore, when the scenes of the Olympics were being played out, and the scene of the semifinal game against the soviets came on, the audience really began to get into it and support the Americans as if the games were actually being played live in front of them. This movie creates emotions that transcend time. It raises patriotism to a high level and the crowd begins to believe, watching as the young Americans are beating the soviets in their own game on the largest stage in the world. After the game when the Americans win the game, the audience in the movie theater acts as if they were truly in the crowd at Lake Placid rooting on their fellow countrymen. As Jamie Fitzpatrick puts it, "in the country's sporting imagination, the Miracle On Ice endures because it stands as that rarest of fairy tales: the one that came true." Goosebumps is what one gets after watching the movie, "Miracle." Personally, I loved everything about the movie and it made me so proud to live in the United States even though I'm not American. Nothing has ever beat the feeling of stepping onto the ice at Lake Placid where the actual 1980 Miracle game took place for a peewee hockey game when I was in 8th grade. I had already seen the movie a dozen times before and could almost quote every part of it; so when I heard that my junior hockey team was going to play a tournament in Lake Placid I was ecstatic. As an avid hockey fan, stepping onto that ice was like no emotion I had ever experienced before and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Most of that emotion, however, was thanks to the movie "Miracle," because without the movie chances are that I wouldn't have fully known the history behind the 1980 Olympics. The movie "Miracle," captures the greatest sports moment in history. It showed the event that turned Americans from doubters to believers, and it was able to have the same effect on a younger American crowd 30 years later. The USA victory in the 1980 Olympics reignited the American morale during the Cold War and helped Americans unite and overcome it. Nowadays, in the midst of a war going on in Iraq and this time us Americans invading Afghanistan, this movie raised our American moral and reminded us that times do get tough sometimes but that no matter what we will always be able to overcome it because if we believe in ourselves we can accomplish anything in this world.
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              The word Miracle is one that jumps out at people. It makes some people believers, and others doubters. That is exactly what the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team did to the world. It went against all odds and turned a country that was getting ridiculed during the cold war into a champion after beating their cold war rivals, The Soviets. A lot of people might say that the victory was just on an ice rink and that there is no way it could translate into a victory off it and into the political spectrum. However, I believe that the hockey game between the US and the Soviets was a complete microcosm of the cold war. The United States, a team that was getting ridiculed and laughed for being too small and inexperienced, was changed into great champions that gained respect. The American people became believers uniting like no other. 30 years after this grand victory, the American people that witnessed this experience remember it in a crystal clear manner; and for those of us who weren't able to be there then, also remember this miracle in a very clear way. That is thanks to the great Walt Disney movie, "Miracle. " "Miracle" did more than just show the American people an event that happened in the 1980 Olympics, it reunited them once again and made the American people believe that they live in the greatest country ever, bringing back the pride of being Americans.
             
             
              The movie, "Miracle," directed by Gavin O'Connor, was released in 2003. Based on the United States Olympic hockey team during the 1980's Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, it follows the lives of college hockey players who are just a bunch of hot shots trying to get their names out there, and don't actually believe in winning the Gold Medal. The coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell), on the other side, however, is determined on winning the gold medal for the United States, no matter what the odds are. Herb Brooks, previously a college hockey coach at the University of Minnesota, wanted to win no matter the circumstances and no matter with what players in particular, he just wanted to win for the United States of America. As Elvis Mitchell from the New York Times says about Herb Brooks, "Taking a group of young, unproven players allows him to beat them down by constant pressure into the unit he wants -- he says they may not be the best team, but they're the right one. " All he wanted to do was win, and with the 1980's Olympic hockey team that is just what he did. Little did he know how much grandeur of a victory this was for his country than what anyone else had ever imagined it could be. In a time of sadness and neglect towards the American flag by its own citizens, and in the midst of a hostage crisis in Iran, winning this gold medal was exactly what was needed to boost the countries moral. "Miracle," the movie, captured this perfectly and was able to share it with generations of Americans that weren't even close to the time period when the Miracle happened. Despite the event happening in 1980, I can go up to a 10 year old boy, who is a hockey fan now, and ask him about the 1980 Olympics and chances are that he will be able to tell me all about the Miracle on ice. This is all thanks to the movie, "Miracle. "
             
              The movie took all the emotions, the good ones and the bad ones from 1980, and portrayed them in the movie so that the people watching it could learn how much the game actually meant to this country. At the beginning of the movie, the director and producers show the turmoil that the United States is battling through. Some examples are the cold war, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the oil depletion, the Soviets invading Afghanistan, the low moral of this country, and especially the declining of patriotism that all the Americans were facing. All of these emotional issues are displayed in the movie, angering much of the audience. This was done so the audience would start to be able to feel how much the game really mattered in the actual spectrum of things. Therefore, when the scenes of the Olympics were being played out, and the scene of the semifinal game against the soviets came on, the audience really began to get into it and support the Americans as if the games were actually being played live in front of them. This movie creates emotions that transcend time. It raises patriotism to a high level and the crowd begins to believe, watching as the young Americans are beating the soviets in their own game on the largest stage in the world. After the game when the Americans win the game, the audience in the movie theater acts as if they were truly in the crowd at Lake Placid rooting on their fellow countrymen. As Jamie Fitzpatrick puts it, "in the country's sporting imagination, the Miracle On Ice endures because it stands as that rarest of fairy tales: the one that came true. "
             
              Goosebumps is what one gets after watching the movie, "Miracle. " Personally, I loved everything about the movie and it made me so proud to live in the United States even though I'm not American. Nothing has ever beat the feeling of stepping onto the ice at Lake Placid where the actual 1980 Miracle game took place for a peewee hockey game when I was in 8th grade. I had already seen the movie a dozen times before and could almost quote every part of it; so when I heard that my junior hockey team was going to play a tournament in Lake Placid I was ecstatic. As an avid hockey fan, stepping onto that ice was like no emotion I had ever experienced before and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Most of that emotion, however, was thanks to the movie "Miracle," because without the movie chances are that I wouldn't have fully known the history behind the 1980 Olympics.
             
              The movie "Miracle," captures the greatest sports moment in history. It showed the event that turned Americans from doubters to believers, and it was able to have the same effect on a younger American crowd 30 years later. The USA victory in the 1980 Olympics reignited the American morale during the Cold War and helped Americans unite and overcome it. Nowadays, in the midst of a war going on in Iraq and this time us Americans invading Afghanistan, this movie raised our American moral and reminded us that times do get tough sometimes but that no matter what we will always be able to overcome it because if we believe in ourselves we can accomplish anything in this world.
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