TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Who Did the 1980 US Hockey Team Beat for Olympic Gold?

February 22, 2011 ( - On this day in 1980, the US Hockey team famously defeated the Russian Olympic team – but not for the gold medal. 

That didn’t come until two days later when the US hockey team played (and defeated) which team?

Answer:  Finland

After beating the Soviets, the U.S. defeated Finland, 4-2, on February 24 to capture the gold medal.

The Soviets took home the silver medal, while the Swedes received the bronze.