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Gomelsky's team upset U.S. in 1988 Olympics

Updated: August 16, 2005, 2:04 PM ET
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MOSCOW -- Aleksandr Gomelsky, the Soviet Union basketball coach who ended the 21-game winning streak of the United States at the 1988 Olympics, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.

Gomelsky, who as a child survived the Leningrad siege during World War II, coached the Soviet Union to two world and eight European titles and an Olympic gold medal in 1988.

He began his coaching career in 1949 at age 21 in Leningrad and became coach of SKA Riga in 1953, taking the army club ...

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