The 20 Most Insane Upsets in Sporting History

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13. Rulon Gardner wins Olympic gold

It remains one of the biggest shocks in recent Summer Olympics history. Russian Aleksandr Karelin had been untouchable in the Greco-Roman super heavyweight wrestling field for years, winning seven world titles in a row and three Olympic golds. But he was denied a fourth at Sydney 2000 by Rulon Gardner, a farm boy from Wyoming without even a NCAA championship to his name.

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12. The New Jersey Devils win the 1995 Stanley Cup

The previously struggling New Jersey Devils’ reversal of fortune was expected to come to a crashing halt against hot favorites the Detroit Red Wings in the 1995 Stanley Cup final. But they not only beat the Presidents’ Trophy winners; they did so convincingly. Yes, they swept their opponents aside 4-0 to claim their first ever championship.

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