It's hardly a surprise that young Tony Granato dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic hockey team. What else would you expect of a teen-ager living in Lake Placid in 1980?
Three years after watching the U.S. win the gold medal in his hometown, Granato was in Colorado Springs for the Olympic Festival, bidding to make the squad himself.
"I never thought it would become a reality so soon," he said.
It didn't. At 18, he was too young and too inexperienced. When the names making the cutoff for the Olympic squad were read, Granato's was not among them.