Congratulations on an outstanding choice for Sportsmen of the Year (A Reminder of What We Can Be, Dec. 22-29). All of America and possibly other parts of the world were uplifted by the triumph of the U.S. Olympic hockey team. I'll never forget being at the game and then later that night watching the replay on TV at the Holiday Inn in Lake Placid. Many of the players and their families laughed at and cheered each play in a joyous party scene. While reading E.M. Swift's excellent article I got a huge lump in my throat and tears surfaced all over again.
MICHAEL P. ROSE
I am not, never have been and never will be a hockey fan, but I found myself caught up for that one moment when our Olympic team took the gold. In all the sports I do follow, I can think of no other moment more thrilling or satisfying than that. You called it right. They are the Sportsmen of the Year.
The Dalles, Ore.
The article on the U.S. Olympic hockey team by E.M. Swift is the best piece of sports journalism that I've ever read. Instead of merely glorifying a group of obviously talented athletes for their remarkable athletic achievement. Swift artfully details an amazing human drama played out over seven long months. The character studies within the article are superb.
An understanding of the ingredients of the events that took place in Lake Placid last February makes the savoring of the ultimate triumph so much sweeter. I shall read the article over again many times.
THOMAS J. SANTOS JR.
The patriotism the Olympic hockey team aroused was the greatest thing I've ever seen. As E.M. Swift says, "The flags. My God, what a sight." Just knowing that the American spirit and American pride aren't dead is the most gratifying feeling any American could have. Those 20 young men might think that they played for themselves, but in truth they played for all America. Congratulations on your wisdom in choosing the most deserving Sportsmen ever.
The U.S. Olympic hockey team demonstrated what this country is all about: the land of opportunity. Those 20 young men really are "first in the hearts of their countrymen."
THOMAS SNYDER JR.
Hamilton Square, N.J.
Bravo! No better choice could have been made. Too often today's heroes are quickly forgotten, but these gallant young men will live in our hearts forever.
MARC J. SHAFFER
CHRISTOPHER J. BERGMAN
The article should be reprinted once every six months lest we forget the miraculous achievement of this fine group of young men.
GARY F. KEPHART
Fort Meade, Md.
It was with great delight that I learned the Sportsmen of the Year trophy awarded by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to the U.S. Olympic team will eventually rest here at the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. This past June we dedicated a new display to the 1980 and 1960 gold medal teams. The SI trophy will be exhibited in the 1980 wing of the display, along with such memorabilia as Mike Eruzione's stick, Mark Pavelich's gold medal and Mark Johnson's jersey.
ROGER A. GODIN
United States Hockey Hall of Fame