Former Olympians united with campers to relive ‘Miracle on Ice’

In 1980, Lake Placid was the home of Olympic glory for the United States Olympic men’s hockey team. This week, 1980 Olympians celebrated history and shared their experiences with others by returning to the home of the “Miracle on Ice.” “The first thought is what a special place this is. This is magic. And you immediately get chills, “said Dave Christian, 1980 Olympian.” It’s pretty cool. It sort of just makes your hair on your arms stand up. It’s been 42 years and it still has meaning to it, “said Mark Johnson, 1980. Olympian.These Olympians, along with several others, connected with hockey enthusiasts from around the country for the annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid. Players took to the ice at Herb Brooks Arena, which was named after the 1980 coach. “said Bill Fine, a camper from North Carolina.” If you ask them questions they’ll give you flat out great answers on how to get a little bit better as an old man trying to play a young man’s sport. ” in everyone’s mind was the moment the 1980 hockey team pulled off a historic upset to defeat the Soviet Union in Lake Placid. “I was 14 and a half when they won the gold medal. And still a special moment, it was incredible. I remember watching it on tape delay back home in California, “said Steve Naumovski, a camper from California. In a unique opportunity, these campers shared the ice with their heroes in a fantasy turned reality.” I could die now, let’s put it “I’m fine. I’ve done something that a lot of people will never do,” said Mario Estrada, a camper from New Jersey. “And these gentlemen are all world-class athletes. They’re fine individuals, and they’re better humans.” Being a camper also comes with its perks, like massages, freshly sharpened skates, stocked locker rooms and custom equipment. The Olympic Regional Development Authority hosts the camp, which was postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Now, given global events, that famous victory years ago holds even more meaning. “They brought back hope and belief that even though things could be terrible right now that it will get better, we just have to get through it and believe that there’s something. good that will be at the end, “said Mary Catherine Spinelli, corporate programs coordinator for ORDA.During these games, it’s not about winning or losing, but uniting around a love of hockey and continuing a legacy of hope.

In 1980, Lake Placid was the home of Olympic glory for the United States Olympic men’s hockey team. This week, 1980 Olympians celebrated history and shared their experiences with others by returning to the home of the “Miracle on Ice.”

“The first thought is what a special place this is. This is magic. And you immediately get chills, “said Dave Christian, 1980 Olympian.

“It’s pretty cool. It sort of just makes your hair on your arms stand up. It’s been 42 years and it still has meaning to it, “said Mark Johnson, 1980 Olympian.

These Olympians, along with several others, connected with hockey enthusiasts from around the country for the annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid. Players took to the ice at Herb Brooks Arena, which was named after the 1980 coach.

“Not only is it great to come back and see fellow campers, but you meet the guys from 1980 and they’re actually teaching us more stuff too,” said Bill Fine, a camper from North Carolina. “If you ask them questions they ‘ll give you flat out great answers on how to get a little bit better as an old man trying to play a young man’s sport. ”

Playing on repeat in everyone’s mind was the moment the 1980 hockey team pulled off a historic upset to defeat the Soviet Union in Lake Placid.

“I was 14 and a half when they won the gold medal. And still a special moment, it was incredible. I remember watching it on tape delay back home in California, “said Steve Naumovski, a camper from California.

In a unique opportunity, these campers shared the ice with their heroes in a fantasy turned reality.

“I could die now, let’s put it like that. I’m fine. I’ve done something that a lot of people will never do, “said Mario Estrada, a camper from New Jersey.” And these gentlemen are all world-class athletes. They’re fine individuals, and they’re better humans. “

Being a camper also comes with its perks, like massages, freshly sharpened skates, stocked locker rooms and custom equipment.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority hosts the camp, which was postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Now, given global events, that famous victory years ago holds even more meaning.

“They brought back hope and belief that even though things could be terrible right now that it will get better, we just have to get through it and believe that there’s something good that will be at the end,” said Mary Catherine Spinelli, corporate programs coordinator for ORDA.

During these games, it’s not about winning or losing, but uniting around a love of hockey and continuing a legacy of hope.

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