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Olympics: U.S. vs. Russia far from David and Goliath tale this time around

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SOCHI, Russia — This week’s Russia v United States ice hockey clash will be a totally different affair from the David and Goliath tale that ended with a U.S. team of unknowns stunning the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics 34 years ago.

That group of amateur and college athletes captured the hearts of the sporting world at the 1980 Lake Placid Games when they stunned a talented Soviet team that had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1964.

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