Sports history is full of moments that make us jump out of our seats and scream in disbelief. Upsets, in particular, are the ones that have the potential to turn everything on its head, making fans question their assumptions and predictions. ESPN2 has curated a list of the biggest upsets in sports history, and we're going to break them down for you.
1. "Miracle on Ice" (1980 Winter Olympics) The United States' men's ice hockey team's victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was nothing short of a miracle. The Soviet team was the reigning world champions and had won the last four Olympic gold medals. Meanwhile, the US team was made up of college students and amateur players. However, the US team shocked the world and defeated the Soviet Union 4-3 in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
2. Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson (1990) Mike Tyson was considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, with a record of 37 wins and no losses going into his fight against Buster Douglas. Douglas, on the other hand, was seen as a massive underdog, with odds of 42-1 against him. However, Douglas put on an impressive performance and knocked out Tyson in the 10th round, stunning the boxing world.
3. Leicester City wins Premier League (2015-16) Leicester City's victory in the 2015-16 Premier League season was a true Cinderella story. The team had narrowly avoided relegation the previous season and were given odds of 5,000-1 to win the league. However, Leicester City defied the odds and won the title, finishing 10 points clear of their nearest rivals. It was one of the most unexpected and incredible achievements in the history of the sport.
4. Rulon Gardner beats Aleksandr Karelin (2000 Summer Olympics) Russian wrestler Aleksandr Karelin was a three-time Olympic gold medalist and had not lost a match in 13 years going into the 2000 Summer Olympics. However, in the Greco-Roman wrestling super-heavyweight final, American wrestler Rulon Gardner shocked the world by defeating Karelin 1-0. It was a monumental upset that proved anything can happen in sports.
5. Appalachian State defeats Michigan (2007) The Michigan Wolverines were one of the most storied college football programs in the country, and Appalachian State was a Division I-AA (now FCS) team. However, Appalachian State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history by defeating Michigan 34-32. It was the first time a Division I-AA team had beaten a ranked Division I-A team, and it shocked the college football world.
These are just a few of the biggest upsets in sports history, but they demonstrate that anything can happen in the world of sports. Underdogs can rise to the occasion and shock the world, while favorites can falter when least expected. These moments remind us why we love sports and why we continue to tune in, year after year.