Saturday, November 15, 2008

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Before the semifinal, the U.S. team got together to watch "Braveheart." The night before the U-17 Women's World Cup Final, the DVD of choice was "Miracle," the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Of course, because the legendary upset of the Soviet Union and the subsequent gold medal happened more than 10 years before any of the U.S. players were born, the movie served not only as inspiration for their own vision-quest, but also as a history lesson. And by the way, how good was Kurt Russel as coach Herb Brooks? Probably one of his best performances besides the portrayal of Snake Plissken in "Escape from New York." But we digress...

While the U.S. team is certainly not the kind of underdog that our hockey players were 1980, some pundits have pegged the Koreans as slight favorites, and some say the USA has the edge. Needless to say, it should be a tight and exciting match at North Harbour Stadium tomorrow as the U.S. women go for gold.

The night before the final, U.S. players sign some autographs on their poster/media pamphlet for the U-17 WWC.

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