Chapter 3: The Russian Reaction

Originally Published: August 9, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Four decades later, alumni from the Soviet squad that brought a halt to the Americans' run of seven consecutive gold medals in men's basketball continue to be regarded as national heroes, despite the fact that less than half of the 12 players on the roster were actually Russian.

"Those are our idols," Russian guard Vitaliy Fridzon said after scoring 24 points in a huge Olympic pool-play victory over Spain.

Yet it would be a stretch to suggest that the moment is held in the ...

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