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No miracle workers, but they're close

The 2004 World Junior champs might serve as the foundation of U.S. success for years to come.

Updated: January 6, 2004, 8:16 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

HELSINKI, Finland -- It wasn't a miracle on ice, but Team USA's stunning come-from-behind 4-3 victory against Team Canada in the gold-medal showdown at the World Junior Championship ranks high on the nation's list of hockey achievements.

The win, which was similar to the USA's World Cup-clincher over Canada in 1996, cinched America's first World Junior gold medal. In its previous 27 tournament appearances, the United States had earned only one silver and two bronzes.

"It's an unbelievable ...

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