A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
It was the moment thousands of people had been dying to see. Many tears would be shed and dreams will be crushed. It was the 1980 Winter Olympics. Thousands watched as the Russian and U.S. hockey teams battled for the gold. The U.S. was trying to break the seven year long winning streak of the Russian Team. The team that worked the hardest would take the name, of the best hockey team in the world. If you want to win, you have to fight. The U.S. Hockey team was projected to lose, but if they had put in the work throughout the season ,they would be victorious. With the help of a new coach Herb Brooks, the U.S. hockey team would try to beat the almost indestructible, Russian team. Hard work would show who deserved the metal more. Hard Work is something that can help you through many
obstacles and problems in life. If you work at something for a while, you are bound to be good at it. Hard work is something that can help you with anything. If you have determination you can work through any disadvantage.
As the U.S. hockey team took the ice, they knew that the work they put into the game, would show after. Every night staying until the manager of the rink shut off the lights and taking those long bus rides to play in expedition games, would pay off. As the puck dropped roars from the crowd erupted. Russia had put in the work the previous years. They were strong and fast, while the U.S. didn't work as hard and had fallen under Russia the previous six years. If you want to win, you have to fight. This year the U.S. was ready. They had skated countless hours at the rink. Some days they would even sprint until they puked. If they wanted to win, they would have to sweat, practice, and score goals. The game had begun, the team that skated the hardest and played the smartest would take home a gold medal. The first goal resulted in a lack of effort. The defender wasn't covering his man at the top of the crease. A slap shot form the Russians tipped of a teammates stick and deflected into the net. The defender on the U.S. team wasn't working hard enough and got out muscled by the Soviet player. But the U.S. had a history of falling back early. They were used to the lack of energy coming from the stands. Soon after, late in the first period the hard work of the U.S. team payed off. A offensive man sprinted down the ice and put a shot passed the goalies glove. The pace was starting to pick up just as the Russians scored a goal at the very end of the first. The fans and players were devastated. The work of the Russians paid off after the first period, because they lead by one goal. In the locker room Craig, the starting goalie, reflected on the first period. He new that he wasn't playing good enough. He took a deep breath, focused and stepped back into the net.
The puck was dropped once again, and the teams started to battle for the gold, as they did the period before. The U.S. quickly scored a tying goal. This was the turning point in the game. The crowd started to gain hope and the cheers started to get louder and louder. All their hard work was starting to pay off. One of hockey's most astonishing moments occurred just then. The Russian team just pulled the best goalie out of the net and replaced him with Vladimir Myshkin. But the goalie did play well. He allowed no goals in the second period. people were astonished with his play. The Soviets battled hard in the second period, outshooting the U.S. 2-12. At the end of the second the Soviets scored another goal. They now lead 3-2. The next final twenty minutes would decide the fate of the gold medal. As the puck dropped for the third time at center ice, the teams began to get angry and frustrated. The U.S. was mad about the score and the Soviets were made about their performance. How could they let the United States fall behind them by only one point. At the start of the third, there was a penalty called on the Soviets. This was America's chance. As the U.S. brought the puck down the ice they ripped a shot at the goalie. After the puck ricochet of the goalies pads the American team obtained the puck once again. The team captain of the U.S. controlled the puck as he ripped a shot from the outside. It slid right under the glove of the Soviet goalie. The crowd went wild as the momentum shifted once again. Only a couple of shifts later another shot went to the net and somehow found its way past the goalie. The Soviets started to get scared. Because they were down by a goal, for the first time in the tournament. That woke them up. Instead of the U.S. transitioning to an defencive strategy they kept on shooting. As the clock ticked down there was a scramble. The hard work of both teams is about to pay off. The Soviets shot the puck wide with thirty seconds remaining. On the rebound, the U.S. retrieved the puck and flung it down the ice. As the clock hit zero gloves flung into the air.
The hard work of the United States hockey team payed off. The whole team went down in history as the gold medals were placed around their necks. It had been done, the U.S. outworked and outplayed the Russians, the streak had been broken.