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.
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.