JIM CRAIG – Interview From Oct 30, 2007
Coming into the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Soviet Union ice hockey juggernaut had long dominated the sport in Olympic and international competition. In the Olympics, it won the gold medal in 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976. The Soviet team that would compete at the Lake Placid games was widely regarded as unbeatable and the easy favorite to win yet another gold medal.
Not much was expected of the USA hockey team.
But the USA team and its coach, Herb Brooks, arrived at Lake Placid believing they could shock the critics and experts, and that they could upend history. They believed they could compete with and even … maybe … just maybe …beat the Soviet Union. They had the audacity and confidence to believe they could win Olympic gold. A primary reason for this audacious optimism was that in goal for the USA was Jim Craig.
The rest is history . . .
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