That's about half right. The U.S. is in a first-round grouping with the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Austria and West Germany. On form, the Soviets, Czechs and Americans figure to advance to medal-round play, along with the Swedes, Canadians and Finns. But at Calgary, teams will carry their preliminary-round points (two for a win, one for a tie) with them into the final round. "That means you've almost got to ding the Soviets or the Czechs in the first round to have a realistic shot at a medal," says Peterson.
Medal or not, the Olympics are already a triumph for the Leetch family. Besides providing a showcase for Brian's talents, the Games represent a kind of compensation for his father, who was one of the last cuts from the U.S. Olympic team in 1964.
"I really wanted to make that team. It was a big letdown for me." says Jack. "But now I'm going to the Olympics. It's because of Brian, but I'm going. And I'm really looking forward to it."