Miracle on Ice team gold most trea­sured

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS | WINTER OYMPICS - Ge­off Calkins Con­tribut­ing: Chris­tine Bren­nan; David Wal­lechin­sky.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Now that Shaun White has won the 100th Amer­i­can gold medal at the Win­ter Olympics, here’s a list of the 10 that mat­tered most.

10. Men’s hockey, 1960: Over­shad­owed by the Miracle on Ice, this was nearly as big an up­set.

9. Dan Jansen, 1994: Fell in both his speedskating races after his sis­ter’s death in 1988, came up empty in 1992, fell again in his first race in 1994, then won gold in the

1,000 me­ters, his very last race.

8. Shani Davis, 2006: Davis be­came the first African Amer­i­can to win an in­di­vid­ual gold when he won the 100 me­ters speedskating event.

7. Brian Boi­tano, 1988: Could go with Scott Hamil­ton or Dick But­ton here, but Boi­tano de­feated Brian Orser in the grip­ping Bat­tle of the Bri­ans.

6. Shaun White, 2018: At 31, won his third gold, 12 years after his first, in what some thought was a teenager’s sport.

5. Bon­nie Blair, 1994: Be­came the first Amer­i­can to win golds in three Win­ter Olympics when she won the 500 me­ters in speedskating in 1994 (the fourth of her five golds).

4. Dorothy Hamill, 1976: Won gold in fig­ure skat­ing while in­vent­ing a move (the Hamill camel) and rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Amer­i­can hair­styles.

3. Eric Hei­den, 1980: Won the

10,000 me­ters to com­plete a breath­tak­ing sweep of all five men’s speedskating events.

2. Peggy Flem­ing, 1968: Won the only U.S. gold at this Olympics with a per­for­mance that cap­ti­vated the coun­try and rep­re­sented a re­birth of Amer­i­can fig­ure skat­ing.

1. Men’s hockey, 1980: It re­ally was mirac­u­lous.

Fig­ure skater Peggy Flem­ing brought home the only U.S. gold medal from the 1968 Win­ter Olympics in Greno­ble, France.


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