Josh Sacco was just 4 years old when his dad recorded his impassioned delivery of Herb Brooks' inspirational locker-room speech to his team before it beat the Russian team to win gold in the 1980 Olympics. Wearing a pint-sized version of the outfit actor Kurt Russell wore to deliver the speech in the movie "Miracle," Josh puts conviction into every line. Although he holds a sheaf of papers, they were no help -- he couldn't read yet. Josh absorbed the famous inspirational speech through repeated viewings of the movie -- more than 100, says his dad, whose post of his son's uncanny imitation in July 2009 has gotten more than 2 million hits on YouTube. Watch the original first, then check out Josh.
Here's Kurt Russell:
And here's Josh:
Josh and his dad Jim are at the Vancouver Olympics, invited by the U.S. hockey team to deliver the "This is your time!" pep talk to them. "We got our inspiration here, little Herb Brooks impersonator," said David Backes of Team USA. The undefeated U.S. team plays Finland today in a semifinals game that starts at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Great moments are born from great opportunities, indeed!
Have a great weekend!
-- Anne Neville