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15 Iconic Photos From The Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980

Feb. 24, 2020, 5:54 p.m. (ET)

The Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980 marked the second time the small upstate New York village of Lake Placid held the Winter Games after first hosting in 1932. 

The 1980 Games are widely remembered for the "Miracle on Ice" when the U.S. men's ice hockey team of college students dramatically took down the heavily favored Soviet Union 4-3 in front of 8,500 fans in the semifinal. The Americans would go on to beat Finland in the gold-medal game.

Also in Lake Placid, long track speedskater Eric Heiden captured an unfathomable, and still unmatched, five Olympic gold medals in distances ranging from 500 to 10,000 meters. In the 10,000, Heiden took down the world record by six seconds.

In total, the Americans brought home 12 medals. Relive the Games and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Closing Ceremony with some of these memorable moments. 

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