The Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Winter Games will be forever remembered for the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Team’s “Miracle on Ice” gold-medal run as well as speed skater Eric Heiden’s remarkable five gold medals.
Forty-eight years after first hosting the first Olympic Winter Games in the United States, Lake Placid was again on display and featured two remarkable performances by the host Americans. The U.S. Men’s Hockey Team stunned the world with its “Miracle on Ice” as a team of college and other amateur players beat the heavily-favored Russians and claimed gold. The U.S. won five other gold medals in the Games – all by speed skater Eric Heiden, the only time in Olympic history that a single skater claimed gold in all five lengths. Snow machines were used for the first time in Olympic history.