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WATCH REPLAY: America's Cup Final Race



    WATCH REPLAY: America's Cup Final Race
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after defending the cup as they beat Emirates Team New Zealand to defend the America's Cup during the final race on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    With one last spectacular race on the San Francisco Bay, Oracle Team USA managed to hang onto the America's Cup in the longest, fastest and, by far, wildest sailing race ever.

    It is also one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

    USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19.
    Thousands of people packed the San Francisco waterfront to watch the race finale.

    How big was the win?
    In sailing terms, it was the equivalent of the Boston Red Sox sweeping the final four games of the 2004 ALCS over the New York Yankees, the only 3-0 comeback in major league history. It's also comparable to the Philadelphia Flyers overcoming a 0-3 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL playoffs.

    Click to watch final race, including Cup presentation.


    There are some impressive numbers coming in from America's Cup officials:

    More than 25,000 fans were at America's Cup Village for the finale, which reached capacity just before race time.

    • 1million people visited America's Cup venues since the race began
    • YouTube videos of the races has surpassed 25 million views
    • YouTube video views added up in minutes tops 100 million
    • Accredtied media at the event: 575 from 30 countries