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2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games Men's Tournament


In the first Olympic Winter Games on U.S. soil since the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., Team USA did not disappoint the home crowd. After blanking Finland, 6-0, in Team USA’s first game, the U.S. tied Russia, 2-2, before garnering an 8-1 victory against Belarus to close out preliminary-round play.  After defeating Germany, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round, the U.S. knocked off Russia, 3-2, in a rematch in the semifinals. In a hard-fought gold-medal game, the U.S. dropped a 5-2 decision to Canada to claim the silver medal, the United States’ first medal since winning gold in 1980.