Friday, March 5, 2010

Overnight Miracle

"That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles"

Team USA may have settled for silver at the Vancouver Olympics, but at least one American is still enjoying his own "Miracle On Ice".

First some background.

The "Miracle on Ice" unfolded during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, as a collection of amateur and collegiate players led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated a Soviet juggernaut, considered as the best hockey team in the world. As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation chose the "Miracle on Ice" as the number-one international hockey story of the century. It was also voted as the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century by Sports Illustrated.

The role Brooks fulfilled in this red, white and blue blaze of hockey glory was later immortalized in the 2004 film, "Miracle" with his character played by Kurt Russell.

Now you get to meet the young American hockey fan, quickly becoming an overnight sensation thanks to another miracle.

The internet.

Here is 5-year old Josh Sacco, who had watched the movie "Miracle" about 150 times before his dad shot from the heart with the following scene, .

There was no professional coaching.

No fancy editing.

No script.

Because Josh hadn't learned to read yet. He was just 4 years old when his father filmed the speech at their home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

And thanks to a wired world craving authentic stories, Sacco's performance has attracted national network attention.

"Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you"

1 comment:

Lenny Boudreau said...

That was the cutest thing ever...And inspirational to.