I have another item to add to the list of versions of Miracle that
I want we need.
I really wish we could see things from a player’s perspective, in their secluded little hockey bubble. I want the viewers to see exactly what the players saw in terms of significance: no political context, no media, no widespread national support… none of that. Just hockey and a daily grind and trying to beat the best team in the world. And THEN I want the movie to follow them to the White House after the Olympics, when they see the crowds lining the streets and they finally have that realization that “…ohhhhhhh, holy crap, we might’ve done something that’s a really big deal.”
Obviously that wouldn’t make as compelling a movie as YOU ARE WORKING TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT IS A VERY BIG DEAL LOOK AT ALL THE POLITICS THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, but idk I think that moment of realization would be suuuuuper cool to see.
I went on a trip to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with Joss Christensen last winter. Joss won the Olympic gold medal for slopestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia a few weeks before our trip to Bosnia. I wanted to contrast his experience there with the history of Sarajevo in the 30 years since their Olympic games.
We lit the torch at this podium from the Olympic ski jumping venue. We blew up a van transmission. We were told Utah is worse than Bosnia. Joss was bit by a stray dog. We ate pizza and drank beer for $3. We laughed, we guaced out, we moved snow, we shot photos. It was kind of great. I can’t wait to go back.
The whole feature story is in the October issue of Freeskier Magazine and I’d love for you to read more about this trip that opened my eyes to the depth and importance of the history of the people of Sarajevo. Oh yeah, there’s a bunch of rad skiing too.
Skier: Joss Christensen
Trick: Blunt flip (backflip grabbing the tail of the ski)
Location: Malo Polje / Igman Olympic ski jump venue
Mark Johnson, coach of the U.S. women’s hockey team, was asked during a news conference Thursday what he thought of Twitter and other social media — and whether he could picture Herb Brooks, his coach on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, allowing players to tweet.
"Yeah, I can see Herb doing that," he said, his tone dripping with sarcasm.” — Social media a mystery to U.S. women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson
Ahh yes I finally ordered myself a Pavelich jersey so in approximately 3-5 weeks I will be able to assume my true identity. :)
So I’m reading a blog post by the Smithsonian Institute about some 1980 hockey stuff they have at the museum, which includes Bill Baker’s jersey and Phil Verchota’s gloves. This lady describes Baker as being “remembered for scoring the tying goal in that first Olympic game with Sweden” but when she talks about Phil she says he “did not score any goals during the [Soviet] game, but just being part of the team made him important.”
Okay, SIT DOWN.
The whole post is framed in the context of the Soviet game, but she throws in that little tidbit about Baker… but she can’t do the same for Phil? Can we talk about Phil? He scored three goals in the Olympics (two more than Bill did, if we’re counting) including the tying goal in the GOLD MEDAL GAME. And OH YEAH, in that exhibition game against the Soviets before the Olympics, the one the U.S. lost 10-3? Yeah, Phil scored one of those three, right along with Mike Eruzione (who’s a super big deal) and Mark Johnson (who’s also a super big deal). And then he went on to captain the 1984 Olympic team.
So do NOT talk about how “oh he’s important just because he was on the team.” Like, no, Phil Verchota was extremely important for a multitude of reasons that you would know if you did your museumly duties and actually did some research. (Also, underselling a dude’s importance is a great way of underselling the stuff in your own exhibit. I mean I’m just saying.)
And this abomination of a blog post was apparently published on my birthday this year and I’m just not okay with any of this.