Sports has the unique ability to unite people from all different walks of life. 35 years ago this Sunday, the United States hockey team shocked the entire world when they beat the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics of 1980.
What makes this win so historic is the fact that the Soviet Union was engaged in a highly intense battle with the United States in the heat of the Cold War.
All of the odds were stacked against them; the Soviet’s team was a force to be reckoned with and Team USA was seen as amateur and the world anticipated their defeat. Despite these grim predictions, Team USA still gave it their all, no matter what the circumstances were. This win demonstrated to the world that no matter how much the odds seemed stacked against you, with hard work and dedication, you can determine your own success.
Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, two notable team members on that victorious day, share their experiences with audiences around the world as keynote speakers.
Mike Eruzione served as the passionate team captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory at Lake Placid. The focal part of the games for Eruzione was his winning goal against the Soviet Union in the game that astonished the world. Today, Mike Eruzione is a highly sought after motivational speaker who uses his teamwork and leadership experience and applies it to the corporate environment.
Jim Craig is universally known as the heart and soul of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. The “Miracle on Ice” victory for the United States over the seasoned and undestructable Soviet Union team is widely considered as one of the most remarkable sports achievements of all time, and the team’s success is attributed to phenomenal teamwork. He translates many of the key teamwork principles from the Olympics into successful business methods and uses them to educate and assist organizations in developing a team-oriented environment.
We would like to thank Team USA for inspiring us all and encouraging us to overcome every obstacle placed against us!