Lake Placid "Miracle On Ice" Hockey Rink
We offer here the actual Olympic Center hockey rink boards from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In the most stunning upset in sports history called the “Miracle On Ice”, the underdog USA squad rolled over the mighty Russians and went on to defeat Finland in the Gold Medal match. The one and only “do you believe in miracles” moment, but the crowd’s rhythmic cries of “USA USA USA” was thought by many to usher in a new era of good feeling in America, putting to rest the years of Vietnam and Watergate, as a surge of patriotism seemed to emerge from that arena that week. This auction lot will include the complete set of boards that encircled the ice surface, the glass that topped it, the benches and the penalty boxes. The boards continued to be used after the 1980 Olympic games and do not bear the original signage, although ample available photo references would make restoration simple. They bear advertising proclaiming “Home of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.” Lelands will be happy to work with the successful bidder to arrange shipping of the disassembled rink from its present location in Minnesota where it has been stored for the past twenty years. Amazing commercial potential. It could be broken up and sold commercially perhaps as an autograph device or used commercially as a historic never to be duplicated tourist or commercial attraction. The marketing potential is endless.
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