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This is an amazing document about one of the greatest upsets of all-time. There is an outline of the video that follows.
“Do you believe in miracles?….. Yes!!!!!!”

Do You believe in Miracles:
HBO Sports Documentary


  1. Prologue – how important one game can be. It was a Miracle. David slew Goliath. It was the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.
    1. Jimmy Carter a crisis of confidence (self-doubt, lack of public support)
  2. A bunch of Kids
    1. Brooks final cut of 1960 Olympics – “he cut the right guy.”
    2. Cut team from 80 – 26
    3. Eurozione – Eruption
    4. Craig – Mom died of cancer
  3. Skaters in the Red Army
    1. Life was intense – 9 months out of the year away from family
    2. Sports tied with politics
  4. Brookisms
    1. Regionalism
    2. Red Army like robots – in awe
  5. A time of Crisis
    1. November 4th, 1979 Iran hostage crisis “Death to America.”
  6. Building tensions
  7. “Do you believe in Miracles?”
    1. Sweden 2-2 goal with 26 seconds left (pulled goalie)
    2. Czech 7 – 3, Johnson cheap shot, support of coach
    3. Norway, Romania, Germany down 2-0
  8. Russian pre-game
    1. We did not respect them, they were students.
    2. Brooks insulting the Russians
    3. 5:00 vs. 8:00 prime time
    4. Intensity and hatred – “beat those commie bastards.”
  9. Russian Game
    1. 1st goal
    2. Johnson goal, bench goalie
    3. End of 2nd period 3-2 Russia
    4. Earthquake / atmosphere after the goals and lead


  1. Russian Loss
    1. No longer a thrill to win
    2. American loss – to U.S., on U.S. soil, To college kids
    3. US Proud