2013-09-26 / Front Page

USA Keeps the Cup



In one of sports’ most stunning turnarounds, Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA, on the brink of elimination and facing the loss of the America’s Cup won back by the United States three years ago, sped to victory in the winner-take-all final race against Emirates Team New Zealand in the waters of San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The comefrom behind triumph is being hailed as the greatest in competitive sailing history. Trailing 1-8, Oracle Team USA reeled off eight consecutive race wins to successfully defend the Cup, 9-8. USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle crew recorded the fastest speeds ever in tournament history (30-32 knots, or nearly 50 miles per hour) and crossed the finish line 44 seconds ahead of their Kiwi rivals in the last and deciding race. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) In one of sports’ most stunning turnarounds, Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA, on the brink of elimination and facing the loss of the America’s Cup won back by the United States three years ago, sped to victory in the winner-take-all final race against Emirates Team New Zealand in the waters of San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The comefrom behind triumph is being hailed as the greatest in competitive sailing history. Trailing 1-8, Oracle Team USA reeled off eight consecutive race wins to successfully defend the Cup, 9-8. USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle crew recorded the fastest speeds ever in tournament history (30-32 knots, or nearly 50 miles per hour) and crossed the finish line 44 seconds ahead of their Kiwi rivals in the last and deciding race. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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