The 20 Most Insane Upsets in Sporting History

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18. The Miracle on Ice

Packed full of star talent, the dominant Soviet Union ice hockey team were expected to make light work of America’s amateur team at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Instead, though, Team U.S.A. pulled off a shock 4-3 victory in a game – staged during the Cold War – which has since been dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.”

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17. Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was so distraught at losing to Holly Holm in 2015 that she briefly considered taking her own life. The Ultimate Fighting Championship star, who had previously never lost a women’s bantamweight bout, was expected to beat her opponent in routinely quick style. Instead, she was knocked spark out in the second round.

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16. The New England Patriots win the 2001 Super Bowl

The New England Patriots may now be renowned as winners, but in 2001 they were the ultimate underdogs. Not only did they beat one of the all-time greatest offensive teams, the St. Louis Rams, in the Super Bowl, but they also did so with the help of a then-unknown Tom Brady. Yes, he was just a backup who’d only thrown a trio of passes during the entire previous season.

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