After the Miracle: U.S. men’s hockey rivalry vs. Russia since 1980

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“The Miracle on Ice” left an indelible mark on the minds of Americans in general rather than merely impacting hockey or even sports fans. But what happened between the U.S. and Russian men’s hockey teams since then?

Olympic Talk takes a look at the games between the two teams and the medals each country won in men’s hockey following that big win (which, by the way, wasn’t even the gold medal game in 1980).

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(Note: If there isn’t a game listed, that means the two teams didn’t meet in that specific Olympics.)

1980: U.S. went on to win gold; Soviet Union took silver

1984: Soviet Union won gold;U.S. came in seventh.

1988: Soviet Union 7 – U.S. 5 

The game took place on Feb. 17, 1988. Slava Fetisov dominated with two goals and three assists while Aleksey Kasatonov pitched in two more goals. Future NHL goalie Chris Terreri suffered in the loss, allowing seven goals on 28 shots.

The Soviet Union eventually won gold while the U.S. came in seventh.

1992: Unified Team 5, U.S. 2 (semifinals)

The Unified Team defeated the U.S. in a semifinals game on Feb. 21, 1992. Neither team saw a scorer generate more than two points (Slava Bykov and Andrey Khomutov collected a goal and an assist apiece) while Ray Leblanc stopped 50 out of 55 shots in defeat for the United States.

Unified Team won gold; U.S. came in fourth.

1994: Russia came in fourth; U.S. came in eighth

1998: Russia won silver; U.S. tied for fifth (first Olympics with NHL players)

2002: First game: 2-2 tie between Russia and U.S.

Plenty of familiar names came up big here, from Mike Modano (one goal, two assists) for the U.S. to Ilya Kovalchuk (also one goal, two assists) and Pavel Datsyuk (who didn’t score).

U.S. 3, Russia 2 (semifinals)

A rare victory for the U.S. since “The Miracle on Ice” came thanks to goals by Brian Leetch, Phil Housely and Tony Amonte. Mike Richter enjoyed a great run in this Olympic tournament, generating a staggering 97.7 save percentage, according to hockey reference.

U.S. won silver, Russia won bronze

2006: Russia 5, U.S. 4

Some young fella named “Yevgeny Malkin” was too much for the U.S. to handle, as he scored a goal and two assist while generating a +3 rating. It wasn’t the best outing of Robert Esche’s life, as the former NHL goalie gave up five goals on just 21 shots for the U.S.

Russia came in fourth, U.S. came in eighth

2010: U.S. won silver, Russia took sixth

2014: Well, you know what happened so far.

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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