Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Date Started: February 12, 1980
Date Finished: February 24, 1980
Participants: 239 (239 men and 0 women) from 12 countries
Youngest Participant: PaweÅ Åukaszka (18 years, 6 days)
Oldest Participant: Terry O'Malley (39 years, 114 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 59 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal
The main venue for the 1980 Olympic ice hockey games was the Olympic Center. It has since been renamed the Herb Brooks Arena, in memory and honor of the coach that led the US team to victory after a surprise win over the Soviet Union, known as the "Miracle on Ice". The building also plays home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Museum of Lake Placid. The second venue of the Games was the smaller Olympic Arena. In addition to the United Statesâ improbable victory, the tournament was also noteworthy for the return of Canada to Olympic ice hockey, after it had sat out the 1972 and 1976 tournaments.
For the first time since 1936, the tournament was not held as a strict round-robin event, although to be fair, from 1964-76, there had been medal and consolation pools, but both were contested as round-robins. In 1980 the 12 teams were separated into two round-robin pools (called Red and Blue Pools for the only time in Olympic ice hockey). The two leading teams from each pool advanced to the medal pool, which was also conducted as a round-robin except that results from the preliminary pools between any two teams were carried over to the medal pool.