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A unique rivalry


In February 1960 at Squaw Valley, California, the US beat the Soviet Union 3-2 in the semi-finals on their way to a first Olympic gold medal in hockey. That US team included two pairs of brothers, Bill and Bob Cleary, and Bill and Roger Christian. Bill Christian's son, David, was a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team.


The US national team, made up of mainly college players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union during the Games in New York. The feat was remarkable as the Soviet Union had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1964.


Evgeny Malkin and Alex Ovechkin were two of five different players to score as Russia defeated the United States 5-4 to finish second in their preliminary-round group at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.