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The Most Memorable Upsets in Sports History

Sports have always been full of surprises and upsets. From underdogs taking down champions to unexpected victories that defy all odds, these moments are what make sports so exciting and memorable. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most memorable upsets in sports history.

  1. Miracle on Ice (1980 Olympics) - The US men's hockey team defeated the heavily-favored Soviet Union team in a stunning upset that captivated the nation.

  2. Leicester City's Premier League win (2016) - The underdog team from Leicester City, with 5000-1 odds of winning the Premier League, defied all expectations and shocked the world by taking home the title.

  3. Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson (1990) - In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Buster Douglas defeated the previously undefeated Mike Tyson to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.

  4. Appalachian State vs. Michigan (2007) - The Appalachian State football team, a Division I FCS program, stunned the Michigan Wolverines, a powerhouse Division I FBS program, in one of the greatest upsets in college football history.

  5. Rulon Gardner vs. Alexander Karelin (2000 Olympics) - American wrestler Rulon Gardner defeated the seemingly unbeatable Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin to win the gold medal, ending Karelin's 13-year winning streak.

  6. Super Bowl III (1969) - The New York Jets, led by quarterback Joe Namath, defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

  7. Greece vs. Portugal (2004 Euros) - Greece, a team with long odds of winning the tournament, defeated Portugal in the final to win their first ever major international trophy.

These upsets will forever be etched in sports history as moments of triumph for the underdogs and shocks for the favorites. They remind us that in sports, anything can happen, and that's what makes it so exciting to watch.


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