We waited in anxious anticipation all week. Which shot would it be on the cover of SI? Goalie Jim Craig standing on the ice, draped in the American flag? Captain Mike Eruzione standing on the winners' platform, gold on his chest, hand on his heart, singing the national anthem? Or maybe the shocked Soviets with that "Who are those guys?" look on their faces? But when my March 3 SI arrived—with the picture of America's Team, showing all the joy, enthusiasm and pride that all Americans felt—it was easy to see why SI is the No. 1 sports magazine going.
How do you capture one of the greatest moments in sports history? Just ask SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier—he did it.
BARRY A. CRAIG
Heinz Kluetmeier's cover shot is the greatest sports picture you have ever published. I have every issue back to July 1967 and I can't remember ever being moved so much by a sports photograph. A history of the Olympics published 50 years from now will surely include Kluetmeier's shot. The timing of this victory over the Soviets is as important as the victory itself. We needed this. Congratulations on Kluetmeier's majestic work.
MARK R. CAVANAUGH
Surely your cover of the victorious U.S. Olympic hockey team—without caption—is the most eloquent you have ever printed.
When I saw the cover I started whooping and hollering all over again, as did my roommates. We stood in the apartment cheering for five minutes. All the love, patriotism, and sheer joy America's Team evoked came back. My God, how that hockey team inspired me!
Travelers Rest, S.C.
You've got me shivering and singing God Bless America all over again.
NEAL N. MODELEVSKY
The cover picture comes as close as possible to re-creating the feeling we all experienced at what has to rank as the most magical moment in sports ever. The symbolism of the American flag in place of the letters US in your magazine's title is just perfect. It has been a long time since Old Glory has been so proudly hailed.
Impressed as I was with the cover, I could not conceive of a more artistic application of the camera in capturing this moment—until I turned to Eric Schweikardt's picture of Mike Eruzione's golden goal against the U.S.S.R. on pages 16 and 17. The emotion virtually jumps off those pages and into your heart. It is almost as if the Soviet goalie is crumbling in front of the irresistible force of the enthusiasm of those great young Americans. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for preserving a moment I will cherish forever.
ROBERT A. CATINA
Eric Schweikardt's camera froze a scene that tells a whole story. It reminds me of the kind of setting Artist Norman Rockwell used to depict American life.
WILLIAM A. HERR
Could it be that this trouble-plagued, controversial Winter Olympics will serve as the catalyst that leads to the end of the Vietnam syndrome and the negativism and self-flagellation of the '70s? Perhaps future historians may mark this small event on the world stage as the beginning of a new era in the United States, one in which the people started on the long road back toward traditional feelings of positivism and patriotism and a renewal of the faith of our forefathers that America is a great country despite all of its warts and blemishes.
GORDON S. HODGSON
Falls Church, Va.