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The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, U.S.A., was the 14th Olympic Championship. Twelve teams competed in the tournament, which was held from February 12 to 24. The United States won its second gold medal, including a win over the heavily favored Soviet Union that became known as the "Miracle on Ice". This amazing Gold Medal game worn Jersey comes from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games which is still considered today after 35 years one of the greatest moments in American Sports History. The Olympics came at a difficult time for Soviet–U.S. relations, as they were deep in the Cold War. Only months before the games began, the USSR had invaded Afghanistan, and there was speculation that the Soviet Union might not be allowed to compete in these Olympic. The Soviets, who had won every Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament since the United States took gold at the 1960 Olympics, were well-seasoned "amateurs" who were employed by industrial firms or military organizations for the sole purpose of playing hockey on their organization's team. In contrast to the professionals who represented the U.S. in September 1976, the 1980 American team was a collection of amateur college students, most from the rival schools of University of Minnesota and Boston University. The U.S. team did however, feature several highly promising players who went on to successful careers in the National Hockey League in the 1980s.

Before turning professional, Steve Christoff attended the University of Minnesota where he played for the Minnesota Gophers for three seasons in 1976–79. He led the team in scoring during his second year with 66 points (32 goals and 34 assists) and was named to the WCHA All-Star Second Team. During his third year, he led the team in scoring again with 77 points (38 goals and 39 assists). In what turned out to be his last collegiate game on March 23, 1979, Christoff scored a goal and earned an assist to help Minnesota win its third NCAA title in school history with a 4-3 victory over North Dakota. He made his international debut for Team USA at the 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow. In 1980, Christoff helped lead the US to the Gold in the Olympics. He scored a crucial goal in the gold medal game against Finland on Feb 24, 1980 and also had another assist in the contest.

This predominately blue Team USA Jersey was worn during the Olympic final by forward Steve Christoff. The jersey shows great game use and not only was worn during his game deciding points, but was only worn during the immediate victory celebration that ensued when the clock wound down to zero and the US captured the Gold medal for the first time in two decades. The jersey comes with a letter of authentication from Mr. Christoff as well as includes the original purchase receipt for a staggering $312,500 from grandstand Sports in May of 2007. This very jersey has been on display at the Lake Placid museum for the past few years, and was insured for the total value of $312,500 while on display. The jersey was removed from the display at the museum solely for the auction sale. The Jersey comes with a copy of the loan transfer from the Lake Placid Museum.

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1980 Olympics Steve Christoff Game Used Team USA Miracle on Ice Hockey Jersey (Gold Medal Game vs. Finland)(Feb 24, 1980)

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