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    2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Torch. Dave Christian and his Miracle on Ice teammates always seemed to rise to the occasion when it mattered the most. Such was the case at the 2002 Salt Lake City games. The team reunited to light the torch. This gorgeously designed torch carried the flame on a portion of its journey to Olympic Cauldron Park where the Opening Ceremonies celebrated its arrival. Torch is engraved with the words "Light the fire within" on the handle and bears the logo of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympics on the body. The glass top is lightly blackened with soot from its portion of the relay. Length is thirty-three inches. Letter of provenance from Dave Christian.


    The Bill and Dave Christian Collection

    It's often said that lightning never strikes twice, but the tale of the Christian family belies that axiom. Both father and son were key figures in two of the most dramatic and glorious underdog tales in the history of American athletics, as members of the United States Olympic Ice Hockey teams of 1960 and 1980. While the latter has become a universally recognized part of our patriotic national folklore under the heading, "The Miracle on Ice," far fewer are aware that the rag-tag band of Davids that slew the Soviet Goliath at Lake Placid was, in point of fact, a sequel to a tale of equivalent improbability and intrigue.

    Two decades before son Dave and his 1980 teammates were celebrated as American heroes of Cold War athletics, father Bill Christian, along with his brother Roger, helped the United States claim the top step of the Olympic hockey podium, a climb at Squaw Valley arguably even more arduous than that of the subsequent edition. While both father and son defied the odds to topple the USSR, only the former was required to defeat all four of the top seeds-Canada, Czechoslovakia and Sweden-en route to Gold.

    After the success of partnerships between Heritage Auctions and several key figures of the "Miracle" team-Mike Eruzione, Phil Verchota and the family of deceased Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks among them-the Christians have employed our services to present their own Olympic treasures to the collecting community. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from the applicable member of this elite Olympic genetic line.


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