Miracle on Snow?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 1, 2009 12:43 pm

Glory lasts forever.  Lake Placid, New York holds the key to a dynamic memory of glory.  The 30th Anniversary of the Miracle on Ice approaches around the time U.S. skiers face-off in Lake Placid for the 2010 U.S. Alpine Championships.

“Our nation’s top skiers will compete on Whiteface – the Olympic Mountain,” said Governor David Paterson. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, we are honored to be hosting this event, which is a wonderful way to welcome home our Olympians and keep the legacy of the Whiteface and Lake Placid alive.”

The NorAm Finals have taken place at Whiteface the past two seasons in addition to hosting the 2003 U.S. Alpine Championships.

“With Lake Placid’s Olympic heritage, hosting this event at Whiteface is going to be the perfect place to welcome our Olympians home and celebrate their success,” said USSA Vice President of Events Calum Clark. “ORDA has once again gone over and above in their commitment to this event in order to deliver the best possible venues for these competitions.”

1980 brings us to a time under the Carter Administration and ever-so-present Cold War.  On the twenty-second day of Feburary in 1980, renowned rivals met on ice not only to demonstrate skill, but also to deliver patriotic pride.  The United States beat the Soviet Union Ice Hockey team with only seconds remaining in the game.  Al Michaels, ABC Sportscaster, is known to have said, “Eleven seconds, you’ve got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!”. 

This winning shot heard around the world may not have started the first battle of an American war, but many Americans believed it to be a step towards defeating the Soviet Union.  The U.S. Ice Hockey Team went on to win gold against Finland, 4 to 2.


On March 22-23, Lake Placid will be visited by the U.S. Alpine Skiers representing the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Lindsey Vonn, Scott Macartney, Ted Ligety, Marco Sullivan, Eric Fisher, Steven Nyman and Jake Zamansky are a few of the various Olympic hopefuls and soon-to-be household names. 

Thankfully, the Cold War has ended and the only political pressure lies within competting against teammates.  A little healthy competition does a body good, but a Miracle on Snow is not yet needed.

To the victor go the spoils.