Miracle on Ice team gold most treasured
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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