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Top 10 Olympic Controversies

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U.S. vs. USSR Basketball (1972)

The U.S was on a 63-game winning streak when they met the USSR in the gold medal game in the 1972 Olympic Games. In the final three seconds of the game, the U.S. was up, 50-49. The Soviets inbounded the ball, but a referee blew the whistle with one second remaining. It was determined that the Soviets' coach had called a time-out. Three seconds were put back on the clock. The Soviets again inbounded the ball, and seconds later a horn sounded, signaling the U.S. victory. However, the teams were ordered back on the court when it was determined that the clock had not been properly reset to show three seconds remaining. This time, the Soviet Alexander Belov caught a full court pass and scored the winning shot as the buzzer sounded. The Soviets won, after being given three chances to score the winning basket. To this day, the silver medals awarded to the U.S. lie unclaimed in a vault in Switzerland.

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