54 Years and Counting...

January 19, 2010

Tags: Olympic Hockey, 1972, Silver Medal

In 1956, the United States Olympic Hockey Team captured the silver medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy at the VII Olympic Winter Games.

A little known fact in U.S. Olympic Hockey history (Men's competition) is that since then only one team has captured an Olympic medal in ice hockey on foreign soil since - the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team in Sapporo, Japan. Another fact worth noting, since '56 only four U.S. teams have managed to stand on the medal podium:

1960 - Gold, Squaw Valley, USA
1972 - Silver, Sapparo, Japan
1980 - Gold, Lake Placid, USA
2002 - Silver, Salt Lake City, USA

Can Team USA break the cycle in Vancouver?


  1. March 23, 2010 11:17 AM EDT
    I'll say this. I'm disappointed that the U.S. Team didn't win gold in Vancouver, but what a team that was. And there's always a back story that's as good as what's front and center. Here's hoping Tom and Jerry write a book about the Vancouver team. If anyone can find the story behind the story, it's Tom and Jerry. They did it in Striking Silver which, if you love hockey, is a must read. What would the Vancouver title be? Striking Silver Twice? Works for me.
    - Kevin Walsh

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“Striking Silver was one of the most overlooked books in 2006-07. It is truly worth a read. It's not totally about hockey, but about working hard and having dreams come true.”
– Joe Pelletier,
“...It's nice to know their accomplishment in Sapporo will be forever remembered.”
– Mike Eruzione, Captain, 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
“No longer untold, Striking Silver shines with both heart and soul. It's the story we've been waiting for.”
– Lesley Visser, CBS Sportscaster
“Striking Silver offers a fascinating portrait of one of the great, untold success stories in American hockey...”
– E.M. Swift, Sports Illustrated

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