“Going for the Gold”
After playing hockey in college, on two US national teams, and in the International Hockey League, Mike Eruzione was chosen to join the 1980 United States Olympic team. He captained that team to sports history—the “Miracle on Ice” defeat of the Soviet Union—on their way to winning the gold medal in Lake Placid, New York.
The team received many accolades after their victory, including being inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1999, the team was given the ultimate compliment when Sports Illustrated voted the “Miracle on Ice” as the number one sports moment of the century.
In 2002, Eruzione and his teammates had the honor of lighting the flame at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and two years later, he and his teammates were featured in the Disney movie Miracle.
After the victory in Lake Placid, Eruzione spent many years as a Winter Olympics commentator for ABC and CBS, and as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden and College Sports Television.
Eruzione now serves as the director of special outreach at Boston University and travels throughout the country as a motivational speaker.