America’s greatest victories (real and fictional) against Russia

USA! USA! USA! In advance of the Sochi Olympics, kicking off on Friday, we recap our triumphs against this year’s host.

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    Miracle on ice

    In one of the biggest upsets in sports history, a team of lovable amateur misfits upended the USSR hockey juggernaut during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

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    Rocky IV

    Scrappy American boxing champion Rocky Balboa defeats Siberian superman Ivan Drago, avenges the fallen Apollo Creed and then ends the Cold War with a touching victory speech.

  • Top Gun

    Tom Cruise effectively negated the technological advances of the Soviet-made MiG-28 with superior verve and the dogfighting skills learned during his fighter-jock pissing contest with Iceman.

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    Fischer vs. Spassky

    American chess icon and eventual paranoid exile Bobby Fischer became the only non-Soviet world champ in decades in his highly publicized 1972 supermatch against Boris Spassky.

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Miracle on ice

In one of the biggest upsets in sports history, a team of lovable amateur misfits upended the USSR hockey juggernaut during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.


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