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‘Miracle on Ice’ special to be filmed in Lake Placid

October 22, 2009
HEATHER SACKETT, News Staff Writer
    LAKE PLACID — The 1980 Olympic Winter Games announcer who made famous the catchphrase “Do you believe in miracles?” will be returning to the Olympic Village this weekend to relive that moment.

    Al Michaels, the announcer for the 1980 U.S. hockey team’s win against the heavily favored Russian team, along with 1980 team members Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig and a camera crew from NBC, will be filming for a 30th anniversary special on the Miracle on Ice. The show will air during the February 2010 Vancouver games.

    According to Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Jon Lundin, the filming will take place in and around the village of Lake Placid and the Olympic venues. Most of the shooting will happen early on the morning of Friday, Oct. 23 and continue on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. Some of the filming, Lundin said, will be one-on-one interviews with Michaels, and athletes Eruzione and Craig inside the Herb Brooks Arena. The three will only be in town for a few hours because Michaels has to announce Sunday Night Football for NBC, Lundin said.

    Lundin said that normally, commemorating Olympic legacies happens on the 10th, 25th, 50th or 75th anniversaries of the event. But because the Olympic Winter Games are back in North America this year, NBC is stepping it up.

    “What happened at Lake Placid is something that continues to shine,” Lundin said. “This hockey game and this Olympics were a time and an event that are never going to be forgotten.”

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The U.S. hockey celebrates its 4-3 victory against the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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