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Do you still believe in miracles? Top 5 Winter Olympic athletes of the 1980s



If you're watching the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and thinking the U.S. athletes don't measure up to the heroes of the past, you must be stuck in the '80s. Still, it's pretty easy to rattle off the names of the athletes who scored gold in our favorite decade. Here, according to a top 50 worldwide list in The Active Times, are the top 5 U.S. Winter Olympic Athletes of the 1980s.


5. SCOTT HAMILTON (figure skating): He carried the U.S. flag in the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and finished fifth in the male figure skating competition. At the 1984 Sarajevo Games, he took home gold.

4. BRIAN BOITANO (figure skating): He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and the 1985–1988 U.S. National Champion. In Sochi, he's winning praise for his TV commentary and flamboyant outfits.

3. 1980 U.S. MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM: Perhaps you've heard of the Miracle on Ice? Coach Herb Brooks, who assembled the athletes to work as a team, would come back from the grave and strangle anyone who picked just one star of the team to honor on this list. (Sentimental favorite would have to be Jim Craig.) Of the 20 players on Team USA, 13 would go on to play in the NHL.

2. BONNIE BLAIR (speed skating): One of the most decorated Olympians of all time -- winter or summer. Blair competed in four Olympics, winning five gold medals and one bronze medal.

1. ERIC HEIDEN (speed skating): Heiden won an unprecedented five individual gold medals, setting four Olympic records and one world record, at the 1980 Lake Placid games. Not enough for you? He also delivered the Athlete's Oath at Lake Placid.

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