I’m in an Olympic mood this morning, Readers. Let’s get you started on the path to victory with these great jobs:
You know, folks, I am a believer in human achievement. Your achievement.
And I was reminded of our ability to achieve the improbable this week when, digging through a box of old stuff, I found the pins I had purchased at the Winter Olympics in 1980.
I was a boy, it was Lake Placid, and the world tilted slowly against us. The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, the misery index was in the 20s, and the nation was slogging through our long malaise.
America, our America, was losing.
Our power, our prestige, our will to succeed slipped imperceptibly from our clutch.
So do you remember that soft February night? Do you remember the news, bursting out the darkness with the sharp, explosive joy of a Redemption? Do you remember where you were when you heard these incandescent words?
Do you believe in miracles?
The shining triumph of a band of goofy college kids, melded together into one of the most improbable victories of the century?
Folks, we have it in us. We have the power to change worlds, to move the mountains, to turn the streams and rivers of history in our favor.
If we people have the power to do all this: to beat the Soviets, to stand in front of all of our fellow citizens with the burning slender disks of gold hung loose from ribbons around necks, if we have the power to do all that, Readers, then we have the power to triumph today.
You have the power to triumph today.
You have the miracle within you. Let’s make Believers out of the rest of the world…
…and these are a few links to “Miracle on Ice” resources on the web:
Buy the documentary at Amazon.com
Read more about the Miracle on Ice.
CNN/SI has a great 20th anniversary retrospective on the team.
You can also watch the ESPN video collection.
Have a great, great week, Readers!