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St. Paul celebrates Miracle on Ice (photo gallery)

It was 40 years ago Saturday, Feb. 22, that the U.S. beat the Russians, 4-3, in the Olympic semifinals in Lake Placid.

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3 year-old Sophia Connolly rides her daddy, John’s shoulders as they watch a parade to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the U.S. Mens Olympic Hockey Team “Miracle On Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at Lake Placid, New York in 1980. The Parade started near Rice Park in downtown St. Paul and proceeded east on 5th Street until reaching CHS Field on Saturday, Feb. 22. John Autey / Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL -- In 1980, a group of U.S. college hockey players — 12 of them from Minnesota and coached by St. Paul’s own Herb Brooks — ended the Soviets’ 16-year lock on Olympic gold with an upset victory soon to be known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

St. Paul and the Minnesota Wild celebrated the achievement with The Greatest Day Celebration and a parade from the Herb Brooks statue across from Rice Park to CHS Field on Saturday, Feb. 22, 40 years to the day after the U.S. beat the Russians, 4-3, in the Olympic semifinals in Lake Placid.

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