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Miracle is a movie based on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. It describes all the events that lead up to their upset of the Soviet Union in the semi-finals. Herb Brooks was hired in 1979 to take over the U.S. Olympic hockey team. He takes a group of college players to train to beat the Soviet Union, the best hockey team in the world at the time. For seven months, he puts them through some of the hardest training of their lives. At one point in the movie, he states that they may not be the most skilled team, but they will be the most well conditioned. After playing poorly in a game against the Norwegian National Team, he lets them know he is serious. He makes the team skate "herbies," which is a very grueling conditioning drill, until many of them can barely stand up. After the game against Norway, they return home to play an exhibition game before the Olympics against the Russians at Madison Square Garden. The Soviets win the game 10-3, manhandling them in the process. Jim Craig, the starting goalie for the U.S., is threatened to be benched for the start of the Olympics because of his poor performance. Craig proves to Brooks that he can be the one to lead the team, so he keeps his position. In the first game of the Olympics versus Sweden, the team is down 2-1 after the second period. Herb shows his frustration in the locker room, and accuses one of his players, McClanahan, of quitting because he had an injury that he could play on. The U.S., inspired by those events during the second intermission, go out an score to end the game in a 2-2 tie. They finish the preliminary games with victories over Czechoslovakia, Norway, Romania, and West Germany. Their next oppnent, the Soviet Union. They have a good start to the game, being tied 2-2 after the first period. For the start of the 2nd period, the Soviet coach doesn't put Tretiak, the best goalie in the world, back in net. It is a huge shocker for everyone, and gives the U.S. more confidence. At the end of the 2nd period, however, the Soviets are up 3-2. To start the third period, the Soviets get called for a penalty and the U.S. is able to score on the powerplay. After, Mike Eruzione enters the game and scores the goal to put the U.S. up 4-3. For the rest of the game, they play good defensive hockey and hold out to beat the Soviets. In the final two days later, the team beats Finland to win the gold medal, and to complete one of the best performances in sports history.