I just watched one of my favourite movies again – Miracle. No it is not about a miracle in the God’s Kingdom sense, but in a sport sense.
Miracle is a 2004 American sports film about the United States men’s ice hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, portrayed by Kurt Russell, who won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
There are a number of things in this movie I find inspiring.
- The way the coach brings the team together and the different psychological tactics he uses.
- How the coach did not just picked the best players, but the team he thought could win the gold medal. He wanted the right players.
- How a team of young amateur players from very different backgrounds became a “family” and played for the name on the front of the jumper, not the back.
- The way they all pushed themselves to get the absolute best out of themselves. As someone who skated the lines, I know how hard that can be. Look out for “again”.
- And of course that they won. They beat the invincible Soviet team who had won gold at the previous five Olympics.
The thing that inspires me in this movie is not so much the end result of the gold medal, but the daily hard work, the struggles and the bonding the team does. It is more about the journey than the goal.
I am not sure how many times I have watched Miracle, but each time I get inspired. If you are interested you can find it on Disney.