Director: Gavin O'Connor
Release Date: 6 February 2004 (USA)
Cast: Kurt Russell and a team of eye candies for the ladies
Highly recommended movie for all sports CCAs' viewing.(Available at Serene Centre)
This movie, based on a true story, is about the USA Hockey team of the 1980 Winter Olympics, which was represented by a group of college kids who were put together about 6 months before the tournament.
The USA last won the hockey gold in 1960. For the next 20 years, international hockey was dominated by USA’s cold war adversary – USSR. They even managed to thrash the NHL All-Stars team which consists of the best professional hockey players from all over the world. Coach Brooks was charged with the duty of leading this ragtag USA team which no one believed in from day one, hence the title ‘Miracle’.
This movie proceeds to tell the story of how they overcame all the obstacles in their dream for glory. Whether or not they achieved this dream was inconsequential – the true lessons were learnt from the struggles along the way, and not about the destination in the end.
I would like to recommend this movie to all sports teams as it touched on almost all issues a sports team will have – injuries, friction among teammates, self-doubt, coach’s selection dilemma, underdogs, team spirit, fighting spirit – most importantly, what’s truly important in competing and self-belief.
Watching this movie would not make you a champion overnight, but it will show you what it takes to be one. Be inspired.
Contributed by Mr Tan Yee Weal, PE & CCA Dept.