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Russia pays its respects to ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov

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Russia pays its respects to ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov

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Members of the Russian ice hockey community and ordinary Moscow residents gathered inside CSKA’s hockey arena to pay their respects to Viktor Tikhonov who coached the Soviet Union and Unified Team to three straight Olympic triumphs.

In addition to winning gold at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Games, Tikhonov, who died in Moscow at the age of 84 on Sunday after a long illness, claimed eight world championship titles as a coach.

He was also in charge of the Soviet team that lost to the United States in the semi-finals of the 1980 Olympics.