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Putin Seeks His Own Miracle on Ice as He Boosts Russian Hockey

Sochi Olympics head Dmitry Chernyshenko knew three Western horror films when he was a child: “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Miracle on Ice,” a film about the U.S.’s 4-3 defeat of the Soviet Union men’s hockey team at the 1980 Games.

That game in Lake Placid, New York, left a scar on the Russians, even though the Soviets won the gold in the next three Winter Games. In recent Olympics, the squad once known as the Red Machine has struggled, and here in Sochi is where the country -- and President Vladimir Putin -- wants success. The Americans and Russians meet again tomorrow.