Who would have thought that Oracle Team USA would come back with a vengeance after taking a beating from Emirates Team New Zealand. Oracle Team USA flew to the finish line in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history on Wednesday at the 34th America's Cup.
Oracle's Team USA won in a 9-8 series in what could be the biggest win in sports history, definitely in America's Cup history.
Team USA crew had to overcome a two-race penalty and an 8-1 deficit.
"It was a fantastic race," Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said. "We wouldn't have had it any other way, coming from behind."
For Fly Emirates New Zealand, the end came to a bitter end after three weeks with a wide margin of what seemed like a sure win in their grasp. New Zealand trimmer Glenn Ashby said it was, "a ding-dong battle."
Wednesday’s finish was sweet for the sporting event that had begun with controversy and tough breaks including the death of Andrew Simpson from the UK while aboard the Swedish team yacht on May 9, 2013.
The defending champion is able to select the site and the type of boat to be raced in the next Cup event. Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison has made an unorthodox choice to defend his title on the Bay with a new type of craft.