That's what international tournaments are for. The rest of the world has caught up to a large degree, and that's nothing new. Remember Nagano?...You're 26. Maybe not. The Americans won the 96 world cup. There are other examples. More recent. We're still the best, but it's not like it was 30 years ago.
I remember Torino, truly horrific.
Cheering for my national hockey teams, and Canadian UFC fighters, is about as passionately nationalistic as I get. I do get into it for sure. But really, I'm pretty easy, because I just like the competition. My favorite player of all time is Russian. Pavel Bure. I had friend who, and i kid you not, threw his living room furniture onto his front lawn when we lost the 96' World Cup to the U.S. He's mellowed out since then. :)