Soviet Union--The Boys of Winter
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The U.S.S.R

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The Soviet Union was formed after the Russian Revoution in 1917 where the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin overthrew the provisional government. The U.S.S.R is a communist state and a relatively poor country. They focus on propaganda and keeping the citizens in check and making sure there will not be an uprising against the government and the people of the communities are always being watched. The U.S.S.R would not a place an American wold want to visit.

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1980 USA Hockey Team Story - YouTube

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This video is a summarizes how the 1980 team came to be. It shows how America was going against the "big Soviet bear", and connects the game with everything that was going on around the world and what was happening in the Cold War. The U.S team was just a bunch of teenagers gathered from a round robin tournament from colleges around the America, the Soviets where "professionals by talent but not by name". The U.S. team was ruled out before we the Olympics even started but not for long since they started coming from behind to win in every game. The game was a miracle and the conditions in which it happened can never be repeated.

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Soviet Propaganda

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This photo relates to my topic because this is an actual propaganda photo used by the Soviets during the olympics to show the dominence of their nation in the sports world. It depicts a strong Soviet athlete with gold medals from some of the events of the Olympics. This picture shows me how confident the Soviets where in their athletes and that they would win everything.

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Playing With Fire

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In Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player, and talks about growing up devasta...
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I am considering reading this book as my next book because Theo Fleury is one of my favorite players and I am intrested in learning more about him. He was a legend in the NHL and a hall a fame player. He was a great player and in the summary of this story it talks about how his past almost ruined his career and I am intrested in learning about it.

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The Boys of Winter

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The Story of the Greatest Sports Moment of the Twentieth CenturyOnce upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olym...
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The Boys of Winter is about the 1980 hockey game between the the U.S and the Soviet Union. It talks about how the game was more than just an Olympic game, it also had alot of culture in it since the Soviets where in it to show how there society formed by Karl Marx is the most dominant over any other culture in the west "Against a backdrop of heightening Cold War tensions and a recognition by party officials the sporting success could be a valuable propaganda tool, the goal, increasingly, was to win, for the motherland and to show the world that Karl Marx had it right(30)." The book showed how America just coming out of the Vietnam War and having had the Watergate Scandal had very little national pride, or faith in the government. America needed something good to happen and this was it.

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The Soviet Union and the Olympics | Guided History

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This article talks about how the Soviet Union didn't participate in the Olympics when it was starting off because they viewed the games as "tools of Capitalism." However the Soviets started to consider joining the Olympics in the 1930's because they started to view the Olympics as a place to display Soviet world power over other nations of the world. The article also talks about how the Olympics don't just bring the nations of the world together but they also display a countries power and there is huge political involvement in the games and also pride in ones state and to show who is the most dominant nation.

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The Cold War thaw: Hockey game was the beginning of the end

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The Cold War ended in the third period of a hockey game 30 years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y. That's when Mike Eruzione, captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team, scored the game-winning goal against...
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This article talks about how the Soviet country had started to think they were invisible not only with their sports teams since they had been winning in almost every sport in the Olympics but in the Cold War also. The Soviets allies in the Cold War had been defeating Americas and communism was starting overpower Capitalism and Democracy. The Soviets viewed there victories as them winning the Cold War and having the dominant government and political ideals. They had the upper-hand in the Cold War and people knew it. People in America needed something to bring up their spirits and believe that they where better than the Soviets.

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