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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

Congresswoman Stefanik Commemorates “Miracle on Ice” on House Floor

February 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” that occurred at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic games. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or to watch video, click here.

Thank you, Mme. Speaker.

“Do you believe in Miracles?”

These were the iconic words uttered by legendary sportscaster Al Michaels with just three seconds left in the historic match between Team USA and the Soviet National hockey teams in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

With the eyes of the world on the Lake Placid games, through sheer grit and determination, an amateur Team USA proudly did what many thought would be impossible by defeating the favored Soviet team.

Decades of cold war politics made this event more than just an ordinary hockey game, and for many it was one more proud reminder of what a determined and united America can accomplish.

I grew up hearing this story firsthand from my Dad who was in Lake Placid with his best friend Doug Brownell when the underdog Team USA won and the crowds erupted in cheers.

It was an awe-inspiring moment for our entire country and the world. 

Our community in Lake Placid and the North Country still celebrates this incredible occasion.

This past weekend Lake Placid was proud to host a reunion celebrating the 35th anniversary of this game and hosting the players from the 1980 Team USA men’s hockey team.

Our North Country community is proud to be a home for this historic and inspiring event.

And I am proud to stand on the House floor today to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice.”

Thank you, and I yield back.

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