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

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

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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.
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Object Name
ice skates, hockey
date made
Verchota, Phil
associated institution
U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
place made
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 11 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 29.845 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Sports Illustrated
Ice Hockey
Olympic Winter Games: Lake Placid, 1980
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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"Verchota provided offensive punch from the left wing of the Mark Wells-led fourth line. Verchot logged single points in five of the seven Olympic games, with the most important being a third-period goal against Finland that pulled the U.S. into a 2-2 tie and sterred them toward gold. Verchota took a feed from Dave Christian and slapped a 15-footer past Finnish netminder Jorma Valtonen, a 33-year old veteran who had made several specatcular saves earlier in the game."

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