#100MomentsIn100Days: USA v USSR - 3 Seconds of Chaos



It's 1972 and we are in Munich for the culmination of the Basketball tournament at the Olympic Games as the USA take on the Soviet Union in the Gold Medal match.

The United States have never been beaten in an Olympic Basketball match since the sport was introduced to the games in 1936 and enter this final with a perfect 63-0 record having won seven gold medals in a row.

They have beaten the Soviet Union four times in the Gold Medal match and with the backdrop of the Cold War, clashes between these two super powers take on that little something extra.

With the Olympics being an event strictly for amateur sportsmen, there are no NBA stars here for the Americans. Instead their side are all fresh-faced college boys, albeit the cream of the sport outside the professional ranks.

The US Side though are missing the best college player in America as Bill Walton has refused to play for any other coach than the legendary John Wooden who looks after him at UCLA. Instead the national team is coached by Hank Iba who has guided the team to consecutive Gold Medals in Tokyo and Mexico City

The game takes place with the world in shock after the horrific events of just a few days earlier when Arab terrorists had taken hostage and then killed 11 members of the Israeli team. But the Olympics go on and this game will provide drama of a different kind.

The starting line ups are in as we prepare to tip off in the Rudi Sedimayer Halle in Munich. Let's start by looking at the US lineup.

USA F - Bobby Jones F- Jim Brewer C - Dwight Jones G- Tim Henderson G - Ed Ratleff

USSR F - Mikhail Korkiya F - Alexsandr Belov C - Alzhan Zharmukhamedov (Hope he has a quiet game!!) G - Zurab Sakandelidze (And him as well) G - Sergei Belov


Heh. Know the feeling

Russia take possession from the opening tip-off. Good defense from both sides on the opening possessions as the two teams feel each other out. No shot clock, No three point line in 70's Basketball and the Soviet Union get the opening points with a Alex Belov free throw.