The underdog story is wired into our unconscious, particularly in sports. The Miracle on Ice, Rocky IV, and the new Karate Kid all place American underdogs against foreign athletes that have a strong edge at first, only for our team to pull through. Well, a new real life batch of underdogs: Mathletes.
For the first time in 21 years, the American team beat both the Chinese and Korean team in the Annual International Mathmatical Olympiad. The team not only brought home a win, but also broke the Chinese streak of victories. Here are the triumphant academic champions: