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'Miracle on Ice' team responds to criticism for appearing at Trump rally

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 2/23/2020 Steve Gardner, USA TODAY

Donald Trump et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: President Trump speaks after bringing members of the 1980 U.S men's Olympic hockey team onstage during a campaign rally in Las Vegas. © Patrick Semansky, AP President Trump speaks after bringing members of the 1980 U.S men's Olympic hockey team onstage during a campaign rally in Las Vegas. On the 40th anniversary of their shocking victory over the Soviet Union in one of the greatest upsets in sports history, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was back in the spotlight this weekend -- but in the eyes of some observers, it was more for political than patriotic reasons.

Members of the gold medal-winning "Miracle on Ice" squad, including team captain Mike Eruzione, appeared on stage at a Las Vegas rally Friday night for President Donald Trump wearing red hats emblazoned with Trump's "Keep America Great" slogan.

That didn't sit well with Trump opponents, who criticized a team that once unified a nation. The backlash was enough to prompt the 1980 team's official Twitter account to issue a response.

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"To us, this is not about politics or choosing sides," @1980MiracleTeam tweeted. "This is about proudly representing the United States of America. Whether your beliefs are Democratic, Republican or Independent, etc. we support that and are proud to represent the USA."

While in Las Vegas for the anniversary of their stunning victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Olympians also dropped the ceremonial puck before Saturday's NHL game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Miracle on Ice' U.S. hockey team responds to criticism for appearing at Trump rally

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