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Russia win the latest installment of the biggest rivalry in Winter Olympic Sport, beating the USA to claim Ice Hockey Gold at Lausanne 2020

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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It is without question one of the biggest rivalries in Olympic Sport – Russia versus the United States in Ice Hockey.

40 years on from the fabled game, ‘The Miracle On Ice’, that rivalry was renewed at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG)  Lausanne 2020.

Back in 1980 at the Lake Placid Winter Games, a USA team of students caused one of the biggest upsets in international sport by beating a team of Soviet professionals, including some of the biggest ice hockey stars of the day.

This time both teams consisted of students hoping to be stars of the future. 

Russia struck the opening blow with less than two minutes on the clock, taking advantage of the first power play of the game. 15-year-old Matvei Michkov pounded to put his team into the lead.

With the clock running down towards the end of the 1st period Michkov, who plays for the  Lokomotiv 2004 Yaroslavl club, struck again to put Russia 2-0 up.

The scoreline was a fairer reflection of play going into the break. Russia managed 10 shots on goal to just 2 from the Americans in the opening period.

The USA did rally in the 2nd period but their 15-year-old goalkeeper, Dylan Silverstein was still one of the busiest on their playing roster. 

Shots rained on his goal and inevitably Russia made it 3-0 thanks to Ruslan Gazizov taking advantage of the relentless pressure, just a day after celebrating his sixteenth birthday.

Any faint hopes of an American comeback disappeared after just five minutes of the final period. Vyacheslav Malov, 15, was put clean through on goal and calmly made it 4-0.

That was the final score. The Russian players embraced at the end in wild celebration, demolishing one of the goals in the process, before being presented with the final Gold Medals of Lausanne 2020.

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