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'Miracle on Ice' voted SI's most iconic cover of all time

'Miracle on Ice' voted SI's most iconic cover of all time

In honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary, we narrowed down 3,069 covers to a list of 32 and asked readers to vote on which was the most iconic.

After five rounds, the winner by a landslide: "Miracle on Ice," from March 3, 1980, depicting one of the greatest moments in American sports history.

It remains the only SI cover without any headlines or type whatsoever. (As photographer Heinz Kluetmeier told Richard Deitsch in 2008, "It didn't need it. Everyone in America knew what happened.")

If you're in the mood to reminisce, we've posted the original story here.

Photo: Heinz Kluetmeier/SI

 

FINAL ROUND

BRANDI CHASTAIN MIRACLE ON ICE

 

ROUND 4 RESULTS

BRANDI CHASTAIN DREAM TEAM

 

DWIGHT CLARK MIRACLE ON ICE

 

ROUND 3 RESULTS

HANK AARON BRANDI CHASTAIN

 

DREAM TEAM MICKEY MANTLE

 

VINCE LOMBARDI DWIGHT CLARK

 

DALE EARNHARDT MIRACLE ON ICE

 

ROUND 2 RESULTS

LYNN SWANN HANK AARON

 

JACK LAMBERT BRANDI CHASTAIN

 

DREAM TEAM PETE ROSE

 

MICKEY MANTLE MARY LOU RETTON

 

MICHAEL JORDAN VINCE LOMBARDI

 

LARRY BIRD DWIGHT CLARK

 

MIKE TYSON DALE EARNHARDT

 

MIRACLE ON ICE JACK NICKLAUS

 

ROUND 1 RESULTS

Lynn Swann LeBron James

 

Muhammad Ali Hank Aaron

 

Wayne Gretzky Jack Lambert

 

Brandi Chastain Yogi Berra

 

Bobby Orr Pete Rose

 

Dream Team Magic Johnson

 

Jason Collins Mickey Mantle

 

Len Bias Mary Lou Retton

 

Michael Jordan Lew Alcindor

 

Vince Lombardi Michael Phelps

 

Arthur Ashe Larry Bird

 

Bill Clinton Dwight Clark

 

Joe Namath Mike Tyson

 

The Kennedys Dale Earnhardt

 

Miracle on Ice Ted Williams

 

Tiger Woods Jack Nicklaus

 

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