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Could the miracle happen again?

Posted on: February 19, 2010

In 1980, the U.S. Mens Hockey Team stunned the world and won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York. The win has always been referred to the “Miracle on Ice” with numerous documentaries, books and even a movie starring Kurt Russel being made.

Ryan Miller

This year would mark the 30th anniversary of the triumph, it begs the question, could the miracle happen again? The U.S. has not won a medal since 2002 when they lost to Canada in the finals at Salt Lake and had a horrible showing in 2006 at Turin. Their strength this year though is their youth. They are young and they have a great goalie in Ryan Miller who if both of these aspects combine, they could be lethal to the powerhouses known as Canada and Russia. Here is a look at those powerhouses who in everyone’s minds, are the favorites to win.

Team Canada- The home country is one of the favorites to win this year’s gold medal with a mix of young players and veterans. The strong point of this year’s team is its goal tending and the addition of “The Kid” Sidney Crosby.

Sidney Crosby

The team boasts three of the best goalies in the NHL currently with Marc-Andre Fleury coming off one of his best postseasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins that ultimately led to a Stanley Cup victory. Fleury may be good, but he does not match up to Martin Brodeur who some consider one of the best goalies of all time. Brodeur has already seen the Olympic gold medal podium once before as he led Team Canada in 2002 but one difference this year will be if “The Kid” can step up. Crosby won the Stanley Cup last year with the Penguins and Canada is resting their hopes of a gold medal on his young shoulders. They have lots of strengths this year offensively and defensively but the key to winning the gold will be putting it all together and not letting the team of all-stars get too out of control.

Team Russia-After being shut out of medal contention in 2006, the former Soviet Union is coming back with a vengeance and his name is Alex Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin is the star of the NHL and is leading an all-star Russian roster that has so much talent, it is hard to tell if it will be possible for them to lose. The one disadvantage that I see the Russians having is trying to decide who will actually play more minutes. Every player on the Russian roster is one of the stars on their own respective NHL team so it might be hard for some players to put aside the fact that they could potentially not be playing as much as they normally do. With so much strength, it is hard imagining any team matching their power, but it could happen if this team of all-stars does not find any chemistry among themselves.


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