Incredible Comeback Keeps America's Cup in US

Team Oracle USA needed to win 8 straight races, and that's just what it did

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US team won the America's Cup in sailing today, and this is pretty much all you need to know about how huge of a comeback it was: It's a best-of-17 series, and Oracle Team USA trailed 8-1 just last week. Do the math, and you'll see why AP calls the victory by skipper Jimmy Spithill's crew over the New Zealand boat "one of the greatest comebacks in sports history." Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to eight straight wins on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the US. Sailing fans can head to Bleacher Report for more details and reaction.

Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, center, follows tactician Ben Ainslie, right.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oracle Team USA crew celebrates after winning the America's Cup.   (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)
Oracle Team USA members wave at supporters as they are ferried to their catamaran before the final race.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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