Sixty Years Ago Today: 1960 Hockey Gold Medal in Squaw Valley

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Sixty years ago TODAY was the 1960 US Hockey Gold Medal victory in Squaw Valley... the first and forgotten miracle. Great story if you're not familiar with it here -- great doc:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdCPJ5LGbGw&fbclid=IwAR2WCbQwJPphDoTHIO80Wa19_3f3btt4zpFal-E5s2b42NcZc0Vih64H5nE


Bill Cleary, former Harvard star at the time considered the best player in the East, refused to participate on the team unless they also made room for his brother Bob. That led to popular Western player Herb Brooks getting cut, and some bad feelings among the players who'd been with team throughout camp. Fortunately, Bill Cleary proved his worth (top scorer on the team), and Bob Cleary played well too (#4 scorer on the team). The close credits for the doc shows a great coda to the story, as Brooks and Cleary reunited right before the 1980 game against the Russians in Lake Placid.

#2 and #3 scorers were brothers Roger and Bill Christian.

The captain of the favored Canadian team in 1960 was Harry Sinden.
 
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Frankly I’m amazed that Squaw Valley was able to host an olympics. Visiting the area now it is difficult to envision how it could handle such an event. There is little infrastructure in place to manage a large volume of athletes and spectators. I know the Olympics of sixty years ago was a much smaller event. I can’t imagine a Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley now.
 

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Frankly I’m amazed that Squaw Valley was able to host an olympics. Visiting the area now it is difficult to envision how it could handle such an event. There is little infrastructure in place to manage a large volume of athletes and spectators. I know the Olympics of sixty years ago was a much smaller event. I can’t imagine a Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley now.
Same with Lake Placid. My dad took me there in 1981 and I couldn't believe it had been the place where all that stuff I had seen on tv had happened. And that was nearly contemporaneous. Though I agree it was much more extreme for Squaw Valley. It's even true for Park City, though the proximity of Salt Lake City I guess makes that a bad comparison.
 

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Same with Lake Placid. My dad took me there in 1981 and I couldn't believe it had been the place where all that stuff I had seen on tv had happened.
Lake Placid has a population of 2,500. And according to this, they've sent at least one athlete to every Winter Olympics. That's insane. Guinness says they're the only high school in the world to have held a liquor license (the building was pressed into service as a bar and tobacconist during the 1980 games).

Apparently the town is named after an old club, the Placid Park Club, which was designed by Milton Dewey (of Dewey Decimal System fame).
 

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Same with Lake Placid. My dad took me there in 1981 and I couldn't believe it had been the place where all that stuff I had seen on tv had happened. And that was nearly contemporaneous. Though I agree it was much more extreme for Squaw Valley. It's even true for Park City, though the proximity of Salt Lake City I guess makes that a bad comparison.
IIRC, at the time when the Salt Lake City games were held (which included events at Snowbasin next to Provo as well as Park City and Deer Valley), no larger city had ever hosted a Winter Olympics. Nor had the winter games ever been held at a higher altitude.
 

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Frankly I’m amazed that Squaw Valley was able to host an olympics. Visiting the area now it is difficult to envision how it could handle such an event. There is little infrastructure in place to manage a large volume of athletes and spectators. I know the Olympics of sixty years ago was a much smaller event. I can’t imagine a Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley now.
I’d have to assume there were buses bringing in spectators from the other resorts around Lake Tahoe. I am at Squaw this week, and you’re right about the lack of infrastructure right at the base.