“I’m not looking for the best players, I’m looking for the right ones.” – Herb Brooks
I have a not-so-secret love of sports movies. The best ones combine real life sports stories with great acting and writing and become inspirational classics. One of the absolute best examples of this is Miracle starring Kurt Russell.
Miracle is the true story of the 1980 USA Men’s Olympic Hockey team. This was before the Olympics were made up of “dream teams,” and it was during a time when the Soviet machine trained athletes like they were soldiers. In fact, many on the Soviet hockey team actually were soldiers. They’d been playing and training together for more than a decade. They won nearly every game. They didn’t just win. They obliterated their opponents. They were a shoe in for the gold medal every year, and the United States was getting beaten by the Czech B team. The US Olympic committee wasn’t even looking to win a medal…and then Herb Brooks happened. Continue reading