Bob and Bill Cleary led the United States to gold in 1960.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--With the United States beginning its quest for an Olympic men's hockey medal Tuesday in Vancouver, many Americans will remember the 1980 U.S. squad pulling off the "Miracle On Ice" to win the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y. However, as many Harvard fans know, the 1980 gold was not the United States' first.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that first U.S. gold, the recently released documentary "Forgotten Miracle" looks back 1960 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that included former Harvard players Bill Cleary '56, Bob Cleary '58, Bob McVey '58 and Bob Owen '58.
The documentary, available on DVD, includes footage from the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., and extensive interviews with players like the Cleary brothers and Bob McVey, coaches and expert observers.
The "Forgotten Miracle" website also features a "This Day in 1960 US Olympic Hockey" blog, taking a day-by-day look at the Americans' road to gold.
The 1960 team was recognized by USA Hockey at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Boston in December.
1960 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and "Forgotten
Miracle" in the News
WBUR.org: Olympic Hockey Legend Recounts Original "Miracle on Ice"
The New York Times: The Forgotten Miracle of 1960
USA Hockey: 1960 Olympic team still inspires
The Wall Street Journal: The Forgotten Miracle on Ice
San Antonio Express-News: Forgotten Miracle," 50 years later
Times Herald-Record: 1980 not only USA miracle
The Courier: "The Forgotten Miracle"