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Jim Craig Is Making The Wrong Choice By Selling His 1980 Gold Medal

Jim Craig is yet another hockey player who is cashing in on his historic 1980 Olympic memorabilia. Is nothing sacred in sports these

You don’t have to be a hockey fan to understand the impact of that miraculous USA victory over the USSR during the 1980 Olympics.

Al Michaels said it best when he uttered the now famous phrase:

“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

That call is one of the most recognizable in sports history not just because the win was so improbable, but because those words were so fitting.

The United States’ win over the former Soviet Union was truly a sports miracle as the Soviets had dominated international hockey up until 1980.

The Soviets had very unique training regime that centered around gymnastics and dance. The result was a graceful stride that had the players literally skating circles around their opponents.

Mentally, the Soviets were always a step ahead of the play and consistently demonstrated that they were way ahead of their time.

The Soviet skaters were always in perpetual motion which made coverage a nightmare for opposing players.

So when a rag-tag group of American college kids would eventually beat the mighty Soviets, there was no doubt that it would go down as one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

Which is why it’s mind boggling that Jim Craig, the goaltender for the US in 1980, is selling his Olympic memorabilia.

Like Mike Eruzione before him, Jim Craig is cashing in on his historic 1980 performance.

Craig cites financial trouble as his reason for auctioning off his gold medal, jersey, and even the American flag that he famously draped around himself following the gold medal game.

Really gentlemen?

It’s one thing to  auction off your gear and donate the proceedings, but selling some historic memorabilia because of financial difficulty seems downright irresponsible.

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I've been a die hard Rangers and Giants fan for as long as I can remember. I enjoy sharing opinions, and hearing from fans that love their teams just as much as I do. Henrik Lundqvist makes all of us look like mere mortals. E-mail me at: Chris.Wengert@elitesportsny.com