The American Dream: The Herb Brooks Story Essay

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What is the American Dream? Can one truly define it definitely? The American Dream is different for everybody; therefore, it can never be restricted to one description. For one person, his American Dream could be to become the president of the United States. For another person, his American Dream could be to be the first person in his family to go to college. It all depends on which person you ask this age-old question. In my opinion, the American Dream is the idea that everybody has the freedom to achieve anything if he is willing to work as hard as necessary to accomplish his goal. The perfect display of this is the 1980 American Olympic Hockey Team’s defeat over the Soviet’s Olympic Hockey Team, also known as the “Miracle on Ice.” …show more content…
As soon as the Soviet’s took the ice, American player Steve Janaszak simply said, “They are gods.” (Coffey 26) The story starts with legendary coach Herb Brooks and his personal journey through hockey. Brooks got cut from the 1960 US. Olympic hockey team a week before the opening ceremony (Posnanski). He watched the team that he just got cut from win the gold medal, and his father said, “Well, I guess the coach cut the right guy.” (Coffey 4) Fueled by his disappointment, Brooks went on to play on both the 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams, but he did not receive a medal (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). Brook’s eagerness to coach the 1980 Olympic team with the knowledge of how little of a chance they had at bringing home a gold medal for USA proves his determination and courage, both key qualities in the path to the American Dream (Posnanski). When USA Hockey started interviewing coaches for the job, Brooks was very low on the list of options; his interest in creating a whole new style of play wasn’t popular among the board (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). After winning the job, Brooks further bothered USA Hockey when he picked his final roster after watching one day of summer tryouts without input from the board (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). At the time, nobody understood Brooks’ choice of players for his team; the players really disliked each other (Russell). Brooks’ extremely rigorous drills, verbal floggings, and intense practices had his whole team hating him, leaving there no time for

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