American hockey players reminisce about beating Soviet team at 1980 Winter Olympics

This victory was at the height of the Cold War, and many Americans saw it as a victory over communism.
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40 years ago today, one of most astounding victories in the history of sports. Five seconds left. Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Unbelievable. Reporter: Four decades later, three words still resonate with Americans, symbolizing one of the most incredible, yet improbable, triumphant moments -- the miracle on ice. We were fortunate enough to represent the country and beat the Russians, but we had no idea the impact, and as you said, 40 years later here we are. Reporter: A team of amateur American hockey players, facing off in the 1980 winter olympics against the four-time gold medal winning soviets, hailed as the best in the world. Eruzione scores! Mike eruzione! Reporter: The Americans pulling off one of the most unlikely upsets in sports history, winning 4-3. I said it, you know, for 40 years, it was a great moment for us, but it was a great moment for our country at a time when we needed it. Reporter: That moment celebrated as more than just a dramatic olympic victory. It was the height of the cold war. President Jimmy Carter had just called for a U.S. Boycott of the 1980 summer olympics in Moscow over the soviet invasion of Afghanistan. So for many Americans it was an ideological victory over communism. Just sitting in the locker room sometimes or later that night just going, I don't believe we just beat the Russians. It was like, we're going to wake up the next morning and maybe this didn't happen. Reporter: Janai Norman, ABC news, New York. More of that tomorrow on the ESPN special, "Miracle on ice at 40." Right here on ABC at 2:00 P.M. Eastern. Thanks for watching. I'm Tom llamas. "Gma" and "This week" tomorrow morning.

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