(AGI) Moscow, Nov 24 - Viktor Tikhonov, the legendary coach ofthe Soviet ice hockey team that won the Olympic gold medalthree times in 1984, 1988 and 1992, has died at 84, announcedthe Russian Federation, which called his death an"irreplaceable loss". Tikhonov brought what was defined as thegreatest team of all time to ice hockey world championshipswith no less than eight wins between 1978 and 1990. The onlyblemish on his track record was the defeat suffered by his teamat the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, when theUSSR, by far the tournament's favourite, was defeated by theUnited States in a semifinal that was renamed the "Miracle onIce", and subsequently inspired a film. Russian PresidentVladimir Putin sent a note of condolence to his family. (AGI) . .