The greatest sports story many of us have never heard

Posted: February 11, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

untitledI was 5 years of age about to turn 6 when I experienced the first sporting event that I would remember where I was when it happened, the 1980 Miracle on Ice.  I was with my Mom who was pregnant with my brother, my Dad out of town with work.  We pulled out the hide-a-bed in the living room couch and made popcorn to watch the US Hockey team take on the Soviets that night far from the international troubles that made the game so important from our house in Falmouth, Kentucky.  We all know what happened.  But what we have never really known was the other side of the story and the history of the Soviet national hockey team from their point of view until now.

I own both the Disney movie Miracle and the HBO documentary, Do You Believe in Miracles.  I make the family sit down once or twice a year to watch them with me.  Both are very well done, hell I went to the theater by myself to see Miracle and teared up when they pulled off the upset like I didn’t know what was going to happen, and both tell us the story we have heard so often.

Now what we haven’t heard is the story from behind the Iron Curtain, the real story of how they got so good and what life was like before and after that day in Lake Placid for the players in red.  This week ESPN released their 30 for 30 on the story, Of Miracles and Men. Director, Jonathan Hock did an unbelievable job on this piece and held my attention through out even with a heavy dose of subtitles throughout the movie.  Here are his thoughts on the documentary.

 

After watching it I was discussing it with a friend of mine who knows more about hockey then anyone I know and he told me that I needed to see a new movie that is in limited release at this time, Red Army.  It is a movie done quite similar to the ESPN piece as it tells the story of the of the Soviet Union’s famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its captain, Slava Fetisov.  Here are a couple of the trailers.

 

 

You do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this story and I would recommend searching this out to watch it.  I know I will.

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