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 - Minneapolis Monday February 25, 1980 Volume...
Minneapolis Monday February 25, 1980 Volume CXIII Number 238 M g 1A Final 3 Sections 25C Single Copy Cap ItnilMniiMKtaSUf An Olympian moment to remember By Joe Soucheray Staff Writer Lake Placid, N.Y. The XIII Winter Olympic Games narrowed to a close Sunday afternoon with a freeze-frame of Americans team in the act of celebration. Freeze that moment when 20 boys on the road to manhood came together in a jumble of dark blue jerseys on the ice of the Olympic Field-house in the tiny village of Lake Placid. Freeze that moment and remember it in the rough times. There was no way that yesterday's hockey game against Finland could have been as good, or meant as much, as Friday's game, when America's team defeated the Soviet Union. But on Friday night, America's team wasn't playing for itself. On Friday night, America's team gave a medal in heart and soul to everyone in this land. Yesterday, America's team played for the gold medal and they won It 4-2, and they did it for themselves. That was the difference yesterday and it made the game every bit as good as Friday's. And after yesterday's game, America's team came out of the fieldhouse In full uniform. They stood in the falling snow on the avenue above the speed skating oval. Tbey stood there with America's people and something good was happening again because this was real and it was a moment that was earned. America's team moved on through the snow, through the doors of the Lake Placid High School, now the headquarters of the world press. This place had been off-limits to America's team because America's coach. Herb Brooks, had forbidden any player to go on display In Interview sessions. America's team was a family without Individual stars, Brooks had been saying, but he Introduced them all yesterday. "This team has startled the athletic world," Brooks said, "not the hockey world, but the athletic world. Whatever you people write, remember that these players are deserving. Any father or mother will know how much I love these players." America's team was on the stage of the high school audilorium. They were mugging for the cameras and there was a lightning storm of flashbulbs. Mark Wells of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Ken Morrow, the bearded defender from Davison, Mich., put towels over their faces. Mike Eruzione, the team captain from Winthrop, Mass.. took one of the high-backed leather chairs in Olympics continued on page 4A Mk Vzsja jv JA CKr I Associated Press Team U.S.A. whooped It up after beating Finland 4-2 to win the Olympic gold medal Sunday. It was the first hockey gold medal since 1 960. More on the Olympics in the sports section. time the United States had won the Brooks, his wife moved to tears By John Gilbert Staff Writer Lake Placid, N.Y. He held his composure, the man be- ' ing called Ayatollah. Brooks for his ' hard-driving coaching of the U.S. Olympic hockey team. He yelled and thrust a fist in the air whenever the U.S. scored, and he did it again when the 4-2 victory over Finland was secured Sunday afternoon. When it was over. Brooks headed straight to the dressing room while his players piled pell-mell on each other on the ice. After the players piled into the dressing room, Brooks and his wife, Patti, watched quietly. "The players were singing 'God Bless America' over and over," he said. "They were laughing and crying. I don't think I'll ever witness anything like it. "It was good," he said, "until I looked at my wife and she started crying. Then I started crying. No, the players didn't see me. I turned the other way." Bob Fleming, chairman of the U.S. Olympic hockey committee, said, "You might be human after all." The elation of the gold medal completed a day that had started out pensively for Brooks. "For the first time since I've been coaching, I had trouble eating," he said before the came. Then he chuckled and said, "So I just forced down two six packs and went to work. "Before the game, 1 was thinking how ironic It was to be here, in a different role, 20 years after I was cut just before the team went to Squaw Valley and won the gold medal. "I saw Jack McCartan just before we played today, and he said, 'Herb, it's meant to be; it'll happen.' He was the last guy I talked to in Denver, in 1960, then they went one way and I went the other. "I thought back to then. When I got Brooks continued on page 4A

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