The U.S. beat the Russians in a surprise upset in a hockey game 20 years earlier. Steve Powell /Getty ImagesThe Americans won the men’s hockey gold in 1960 thanks to a surprising semifinal win over the defending champion Soviet Union. It was one of Al Michaels’s first times announcing a hockey game. Al Michaels Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesEven though he had never called a hockey game before, Michaels got the play-by-play assignment for the 1972 gold medal hockey game on NBC because nobody else wanted to do it. Some of the Soviet players took the loss in stride.