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It’s not often I agree with a column in the Washington not authored by Krauthammer or Will but this Marc Thiessen column about “No miracle on ice in Sochi” is painfully right.

The miracle on ice this year would be if a nation like Slovenia won a medal.  To do that they might have to beat a NHL-laden team such as Sweden or Canada or [gasp!] the USA.  (By the way, Slovenia did win their first game and will play number one seed Sweden tomorrow at AM EST; there was a significant upset when 11 seed Latvia defeated 6 seed Switzerland 3-1 and will play USA.)

Thiessen concluded with this:

After this weekend’s victory over Russia, the star of the game, T.J. Oshie, was asked what it was like to be an American hero. Oshie replied, “The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me.” He’s right. We are blessed to have humble and talented men like him representing our country in Sochi. But unlike these NHL Olympians, the members of the 1980 U.S. hockey team were heroes. Their victory was more than the greatest moment in sports history; it was a turning point in the Cold War. They did more than win gold; they helped change the course of history. That is why movies were made about them. That is why today, a generation of young athletes born decades after the Soviet Union collapsed still go on hockey pilgrimages to Lake Placid to play on the same ice where the miracle took place — and remember the U.S. victory as if they had been there themselves.

That’s because, as Eruzione put it, “It was more than a hockey game. It was us versus them. It was freedom versus communism.”

And it was a moment that will not be repeated. Not in Sochi. Not ever.

I like the hockey player Oshie; he’s humble and patriotic.  But this is so correct.  No more NHL players in the Olympics.  Not in Korea.  Not ever.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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