On Feb 22, 1980, the US Olympic Hockey team beat the USSR 4-3 in the Miracle on Ice game. LKF: The game was actually played, as scheduled, in the afternoon. ABC lobbied the IOC to move the start to prime time, but that would have meant a 4am start Moscow time. ABC recorded the game and, with cooperation from the Olympic press, kept the results a secret until the game could be aired in prime time that night, with no mention that it had been previously recorded. Many people who watched the game that night still think they saw it live.