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Scoreboard from ‘Miracle on Ice’ game will be featured at U.S. Olympic Museum

Posted at 1:17 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 14:56:09-04
Miracle on Ice<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-190935">FILE – In this Feb. 22, 1980, file photo, the U.S. hockey team pounces on goalie Jim Craig after a 4-3 victory against the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP Photo, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS – One of the largest and most significant artifacts to be featured in the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame arrived Monday in Colorado Springs.

Crews unloaded the scoreboard used in the “Miracle on Ice” game between Team USA and the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics Monday afternoon.

The game, widely considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history, pitted the U.S. men’s hockey team against the juggernaut Soviet Union during the Cold War. The USSR had won five of six gold medals prior to the 1980 Winter Olympics, and the Soviet team featured numerous professional players. The U.S. team was made up of only amateur players and had lost badly to the Soviet Union in previous contests. Coach Herb Brooks and Team USA shocked the world, winning 4-3. They would later go on to defeat Finland in their next game, winning the gold medal.

Miracle on ice scoreboard<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-190916">Workers unload scoreboard from “Miracle on Ice” game in Colorado Springs on Feb. 25, 2019. (Credit: Allison Moix, Stellar Propeller Studio)

Visitors to the U.S. Olympic Museum will soon have a chance to view the scoreboard after it was uninstalled from the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

The museum is expected to open in 2020.