Best Movie Speeches: Miracle on Ice!
The U.S. Olympic hockey team stunned the defending champion Soviet Union 4-3, on February 22, 1980, and took a giant step toward the gold medal. The match became known as the Miracle on Ice. Not only that, it is the best remembered international hockey game in the United States.
A total of twelve teams competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics Ice hockey tournament held at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The United States went on to win the gold medal.
The win over the Soviets was a dream come true for the US Ice hockey team. Herb Brooks put together a team of amateurs to play agains the world’s elite hockey team. Before the semifinal game against the Russians he gives one of the most inspiring and motivating short talks to the team as they sit in the locker room telling them that Great moments are born from great opportunity.
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad was made into a movie titled Miracle in 2004. Click here to watch the Miracle Speech from the movie and read the transcript of the speech below.
“Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
That’s what you have earned here, tonight. One game.
If we played ‘em ten times they might win nine.
But not this game. Not tonight.
Tonight, we skate with ‘em.
Tonight, we stay with ‘em, and we shut them down because we can!
Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world.
You were born to be hockey players — every one of ya.
This is your time.
Their time — is done. It’s over.
I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have.
Screw them. This is your time!!
Now go out there take it!”
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