'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 one of the rare SI covers 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.

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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