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Slovenia basks in glory of win over Slovaks

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SOCHI, Russia -- American hockey fans will always have Lake Placid and now Slovenia will always have Sochi.

While Slovenia's 3-1 win against Slovakia doesn't match the magnitude of the USA's 1980 Miracle on Ice, it is highly unexpected and clearly cause for major celebration in a smaller country with a population of roughly two million people.

Slovenia is ranked 18th in the world in hockey and is making its first Olympic appearance in the men's tournament.

"This is like a gold medal for us," said Slovenia forward Bostjan Golicic.

The pride was evident in the Slovenia players as they headed to their dressing room

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 16, 2014 B5

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