Team Oracle USA win the 2013 America's Cup
Where does this victory rank in terms of greatest ever sporting comebacks?
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Sir Ben Ainslie has helped steer Oracle Team USA to the 34th America's Cup, completing one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of all time.
Only last Wednesday the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.
However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.
Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Ainslie played a key role in turning the event around after being called up from the warm-up crew.
Drafted in as tactician in place of John Kostecki, he was one of the catalysts as Oracle produced the most incredible comeback in America's Cup history.
"It was a fantastic race - we wouldn't have it any other way," skipper Jimmy Spithill said after only the third winner-takes-all final in the event.
"We came from behind, the guys showed so much heart. On your own you're nothing, but a team like this can make you look great.
"We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn't even flinch.
"Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day."
The hosts faced an uphill task after being docked two penalty points, meaning they were 8-1 down on Wednesday despite having won three races.
That Oracle clawed their way back was in no small part thanks to Ainslie, who was brought in when the team ditched tactician John Kostecki.
I'm not into sports but what an achievement. Yesterday the Americans were gloating that they would win and then WOW!
What a year for sport. Olympics, Paralympics and now this.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO TOOK PART
A superb example of why you should never give up, in spite of the odds (and a disgracefully un-sporting US crowd).
And on the subject of the Ryder Cup US crowd, doesn't it yet again show how gormless and childish so many of the citizens of that country really are, unless they are overwhelming a smaller opponent? As to shouting 'get in the hole' at the tee of a par 5................???? 'Gee mom! Aren't our guys swell, and so cool, like. Wicked'. Trans-Atlantic gobbeldegook which infects our 'streetwise' sheep.
Well done, again, our lot and Seve must be pirouetting in Paradise!
This may not be the gratest comeback in sport, but it takes some beating! I was unable to watch the live coverage (no Sky TV) but I watched every minute of the three late night highlights on BBC TV.( with no knowledge of the state of play) and I felt the highs and lows as great shots were followed by poor shots by the European team. Even the great Peter Alliss let slip the word "pathetic" after a particularly poor shot by a very much below par Lee Westwood, pun intended!!! It looked as if the USA would trounce Europe and easily reach the four and a half points required from the 12 singles matches on the last days play and regain the Ryder Cup. NO WAY JOSE! The team talk given by Jose Maria Ollazabel (apparantly bringing tears to the eyes of many) installing the "Seve spirit" into every man jack of the Euro Team and, what an amazing, possibly miraculous turn around! The very partisan and vociferous home crowd, (some of whom at times were extremely un-sporting crying "get in the water" and "four four four" when putting for a three) were soon quieted to some degree after a strong start by Europe. The points for europe were building with no reply by the US until the sixth match. However well we were going we still needed points from the later matches and unbelievable individual performances from Lee Westwood,Sergio,Martin and Molinari all added to those of Luke, star man Ian Poulter,Rory Rosie and veteran Paul Lawrie a winning points total to win.
The American players,captain and most of all the home crowd weren't high fiving, whoopin an hollering and body checking any more. They were left stunned,shell-shocked and speechless. What a tremendous scene for "everyone, unless you are American" to quote Peter Alliss. Well done and congratulations to all involved in this tremendous European achievement
It was a fabulous comeback in the Ryder cup, but then didnt the US come back from a similar 4 point deficit a few years back to win it?
I'm not a Liverpool fan, but i do think their comeback against AC Milan in the Champions League final warrants a place in the top ten.
However, I personally voted for the England v Australia Ashes match. At one point the bookmakers had odds of 500-1 for England to win! that was a miracle!
haha, lawrence duff in reply to your joke of a comment, you have to play all 3 days of competition to win the ryder cup, you turned up for 2 of them and then rested on your laurels and thought they cant beat us now, so you deserved what you got, a good old fashioned whooping from our euro boys. everyone said it couldnt be done but somehow i had a feeling that in the singles the americans wudnt match up, because they arent as good individually and dont have a butt buddy to bail them out when they hit a bad shot.
you make your own luck in this game son but what i'd be more concerned about is how your so called best players let it happen, woods was unbelievably shocking all week and gave u nothing (world no2? i dont think so), i felt sorry for stricker being partnered with him and i dont think it helped his game, all of your team apart from dufner,d.johnson and z.johnson bent over and took one up the a** on the last day.
the euro boys saw an oppotunity and took it, playing great the last day and poulter was amazing all week, thats a true ryder cupper right there, you americans should learn from him as you only sing when your winning.
im glad u got spanked and in 2014 the same will happen again as we now have and have had the best players in the world for the last 2 years and the balance of power has shifted.
oh the bliss to see your american faces when that putt went in, the silence was deafening and we loved every minute of it!!!!!!!!
oh and this along with the man city triumph at the end of last season have to be top by miles.
First there was God and then there was the dirty dozen from Europe. What a sporting year for Europe and GB in particular. Now we need England to win 20/20 and Hamilton to be F1 champ to conclude this amazing 2012!