At a glance: Golden triumphs

By From page B2 | February 27, 2013

Escabar_MimiFeb. 27, 1960 is a memorable day in United States Winter Olympic history. It is the day the U.S. men’s ice hockey team beat the Soviet Union team 3 to 2 to set up a gold medal game with the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia). The gold medal match was played Feb. 28 and the emotion at Blyth Arena was intoxicating. The crowd knew something big was going to happen. The underdog U.S. team was behind 4 to 3 after two periods. The third period was all U.S. with the final score being 9 to 4. The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley and were not as flashy as the winter games are now. The Soviets and Czechs were the big dogs and for the U.S. to win its first gold in men’s hockey in the Winter Olympics was an amazing feat.

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