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U.S. reclaims gold

Credit: AP

1976 Montreal Olympics

U.S. reclaims gold


Result: Gold medal

Key players: Adrian Dantley (19.3 PPG), Scott May (16.7 PPG), Phil Ford (11.3 PPG, 9.0 APG)

North Carolina’s Dean Smith took over as head coach, but the U.S. again looked mortal. The United States beat Puerto Rico by one and Czechoslovakia by five in group play, then snuck by the Soviet Union, 89-84, in the semifinals. Dantley was big in the gold-medal game, though, scoring 30 points to lead the U.S. to a 95-74 win over Yugoslavia.

Pictured: President Gerald Ford and Jesse Owens chat with Dantley at the White House. (Aug. 5, 1976)

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