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Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won 3 Olympic gold medals, dies at 84

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 file photo, Legendary Soviet ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, centre, stands at the "Team USSR" bench prior to the charity ice hockey match, at the Moscow's Red Square. The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday, Nov. 24, 2014,  that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 file photo, Legendary Soviet ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, centre, stands at the "Team USSR" bench prior to the charity ice hockey match, at the Moscow's Red Square. The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 4, 2010 file photo, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, meets famous Soviet ice hockey coach of CSKA and the Russian national team Viktor Tikhonov, at Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday, Nov. 24, 2014,  that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks. (AP Photo/ Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 4, 2010 file photo, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, meets famous Soviet ice hockey coach of CSKA and the Russian national team Viktor Tikhonov, at Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks. (AP Photo/ Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness. He was 84.

Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks.

Under Tikhonov's leadership, the Soviet "Big Red Machine" was overwhelmingly dominant, although at the 1980 Olympics it could manage only silver after the "Miracle on Ice" defeat to the United States.

Tikhonov's Soviets won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1988, and he took the post-Soviet Unified Team to another gold at the 1992 games. He also led the Soviet team to eight world championship gold medals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has "expressed condolences" to Tikhonov's family, the Kremlin said.