1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Signed Flag Miracle On Ice Gold Team & Coaches For Sale
This is a 3'x5' Olympic flag. It truly is one of a kind. It was at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics in Feb. 1980 and all autographs or signatures were obtained by the same person. This flag was carried all over Lake Placid during the games by a United States New York Army National Guard member of the 243rd Medical Company out of Buffalo, NY, serving as a Senior Medic for support to anyone in and around Lake Placid. This Medic had access to everywhere in Lake Placid except the Athletes village. That means he was able to have access in and around dressing rooms under the Hockey arena, Medical testing and Lab rooms and all hallways between skating rinks at Lake Placid. His duties were mostly at the Hockey, Figure Skating, and Speed Skating arenas where most all of the autographs were obtained. The Entire "Miracle on Ice" Gold Medal USA Hockey Team and Coach Herb Brooks signed this flag. The entire team signed this flag during the post game press conference after the USA vs Russia winning game. Yes, I said during the on air conference. This soldier knew the Buffalo Sabres Hockey team Press person, he aided the soldier in getting the flag passed around to each player for their autograph, as Herb Brooks did most of the talking. Coach Herb Brooks signature was obtained two days later before the Gold medal games vs Finland. There are also four team members who signed it twice because they were obtained during the games when they were watching other hockey games as the soldier walked around the arena as a medic. There is also the USA Hockey teams 3rd string goal tender's autograph, but sadly it is too hard to read all the letters in his name. Most if not all USA hockey team members signatures have put their own jersey numbers next to their autographs. The numbers were NOT put on the flag by the flag owner. Eric Heiden, the 5 time gold medalist signed this flag after his 3rd gold medal win, inside the medical room where all top 6 speed skating finishers had to partake in the mandatory urine testing after each event. Other mens speed skating members also signed this flag. Beth Heiden (Eric's sister) a Bronze medal winner in speed skating (3,000 meters) signed this flag. Silver medal winner in Womans Figure Skating, Linda Fratianne signed it: "Love Linda Frantianne". The 5th place finisher in Mens Figure Skating Scott Hamilton signed this flag too. He became the future Gold Medal winner in 1984: Scott Hamilton, who also was the USA flag bearer at the games. Charles Tickner Bronze medal in Mens Singles Skating also signed this flag. This flag has ALL of the USA's Gold Medal Winners Autographs at the Lake Placid Olympics on it. Only 6 Gold medals went to the USA. 5 to Eric Heiden and the 6th to the entire USA Miracle on Ice Hockey team and coaches. There are many other USA team members signatures on this flag from other events. But, there are only USA team members autographs on this flag. There are approximately 49 total autographs on this flag. The owner of this flag never saw anyone else obtaining autographs of USA team members on an Olympic flag during the games. He saw autographs on paper, hockey sticks, jackets and sleeves etc, but never on another flag. Note: all the USA "80" hockey jerseys that are signed occurred after the games had ended. This flag obtained all it's signatures only during the games. This soldier also watched the USA vs Russia game from under the press box sitting on a bicycle fence separating the crowd from the press section. It was the thrill of a lifetime for him serving his State and Country at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and obtaining these autographs on this flag. The soldiers name and contact information will be given to the Winner of this flag if desired and he is willing to talk about it to the winner. He is 57 years old and living in Elkhart, IN. He also has the autograph of Russia's top goal tender named: Vladislav Tretiak, is autograph is on Tretiak's own hockey goalie stick obtained after a practice the day before the USA vs CCCP game. I do have the original box the flag came in but due to only being able to post 12 pictures, there was not enough room to post it. I'm offering FREE SHIPPING World wide with insurance for this item.
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1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Signed Flag Miracle On Ice Gold Team & Coaches: $2,995