Hockey Skates used by Phil Verchota of the U.S. Hockey Team during the 1980 Winter Olympics


These skates were worn by Phil Verchota (number 27), a member of the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that astounded the world by capturing the Gold Medal at Lake Placid, New York. While it was the win against the Finns that cinched the Gold, the defeat of the Soviet team in the semifinals — known as the "miracle on ice" — captured the hearts and imaginations of Americans during a time of cold war tensions.

The 1980 Winter Olympics, also known as the Games of the XIII Olympiad were held in Lake Placid, New York with 37 countries, 840 men and 232 women athletes participating. These Games are famous for the “Miracle on Ice” hockey team which consisted of American college hockey players competing against the more experienced and professional Russian team amongst the backdrop of the cold war. The Americans beat the Russians to move into the medal round beating Finland for the Gold but it was the game where they beat Russia which is most remembered and where announcer Al Michaels asked all American if they believed in miracles. US Speed skater Eric Heiden dominated the speed skating event winning gold in all five events, the only athlete in the Winter games to do so. The Soviet Union won the medal count with 22 with the United States coming in third with 12 medals.

Date Made: 1980

User: Verchota, PhilAssociated Institution: U.S. Olympic Hockey TeamMaker: Bauer

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Canada

Name Of Sport: Ice HockeyLevel Of Sport: AmateurWeb Subject: SportsLevel Of Sport: OlympicsRelated Event: Olympic Winter Games: Lake Placid, 1980


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Credit Line: Sports Illustrated

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0940.04Accession Number: 1984.0940Catalog Number: 1984.0940.04

Object Name: ice skates, hockeyhockey skates, olympics

Physical Description: leather (overall material)plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)nylon (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 11 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 29.845 cm


Record Id: nmah_681121

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