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Squaw Valley Gold: American Hockey's Olympic Odyssey [Paperback]

Seamus O'Coughlin

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1 Oct 2001
The 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, literally introduced winter sports, particularly ice hockey, to the American public through television. During the average minute the Olympics were on the air, 26.1% of homes with sets (black and white only) were tuned in.Twenty million Americans watched the nationally televised game between the U.S. and Russia on Saturday afternoon, February 27, more than the combined audience of all other programs on the air at the same time.Squaw Valley Gold tracks the struggle over control of amateur hockey in the United States from the world tournament at the 1920 Olympic Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium to America's first gold medal in Olympic ice hockey, a largely misunderstood and forgotten period in the country's sports history.The Squaw Valley Games were also known as the Hollywood Olympics. Walt Disney programmed the pageantry and invited his movie friends to the party. Europeans fretted and fumed over the Disneyland atmosphere, but the athletes, housed together in a private Olympic Village, and the spectators had a great time hanging out with Bing Crosby, Marlene Dietrich, Jayne Mansfield, Roy Rogers, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye.

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Seamus O'Coughlin (James Coughlin) returned to his newspaper roots to write Squaw Valley Gold. In the 1960s, he covered collegiate and U.S. national hockey for Knight-Ridder newspapers before becoming sports information director at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and co-manager of the 1968 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lover of US amateur hockey 4 Jan 2009
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If you have a son or daughter who plays youth hockey in the US, this entertaining narrative history of US amateur hockey can help you share the bridge to the colorful and amazing story of US hockey. Both parent and youth reader will connect with the distinctly American hockey past and glory. You'll learn that the state of Minnesota had four indoor hockey rinks in 1925 - two of which were in the tiny mining town of Eveleth! Two teams showed up to represent the US at the 1948 Olympics and how the 'selection process' ultimately worked. And you'll learn the legends of the great First Miracle on Ice with the 1960 US Olympic team Gold Medal.

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