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Decorated Soviet Union ice hockey coach dies

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By Euronews
Decorated Soviet Union ice hockey coach dies

<p>Russian ice hockey legend Viktor Tikhonov has died in Moscow aged 84 following a long-term illness.</p> <p>After a glittering playing career, notably with <span class="caps">CSKA</span> Moscow and the national team, Tikhonov became one of his nation’s most decorated coaches.</p> <p>He guided the Soviet Union to world domination winning eight world cups between 1978 and 1990.</p> <p>He also coached the Soviet team to gold at the 1984, ’88 and ’92 Winter Olympics.</p> <p>The only stain on an otherwise dazzling coaching career came at the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid.</p> <p>The heavily-favoured Soviets suffered an embarrassing defeat in the semi-finals against an American side made up largely of college amateurs.</p> <p>The game has been dubbed the ‘Miracle on Ice’.</p> <p>As a player he won four Soviet titles between 1951-54 and helped <span class="caps">CSKA</span> Moscow to 13 consecutive domestic league crowns from 1977.</p>