- By Dana Sparks
Helping Others Heal: Memorializing the miracle
Former Mayo Clinic administrator Robert W. Fleming had a firsthand role in creating the golden example of teamwork as chair of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Committee.
Bob’s work laid the foundation for the “Miracle on Ice,” when the 1980 U.S. team beat a heavily favored squad from the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, New York, on the way to winning the gold medal.
The iconic images resonate to this day. Sports Illustrated named the game as the greatest sporting event of the 20th century.
For Bob, volunteering with amateur hockey was a labor of love. A former hockey player for the University of Minnesota, Bob served as chair of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Committee from 1969 to 1981 and again from 1990 to 1994. Professionally, he worked for Mayo Clinic for 43 years in various administrative positions.