Oracle Team USA wins America's Cup

Oracle Team USA clinched the America's Cup in a winner-take-all race over Emirates Team New Zealand Wednesday that capped an epic comeback destined for sports history books.




The defending champions crossed the finish 44 seconds ahead of challenger New Zealand, notching an unprecedented eight wins in a row and keeping possession of yachting's coveted prize with a 9-8 victory.

AFP

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates onstage 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)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison celebrate with the America's Cup trophy after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA celebrates with the America's Cup trophy after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during the final race of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill celebrates with the America's Cup trophy after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during the final race of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill leads Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker on its way to the finish line during race 19 of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Oracle Team USA won the race to win the America's Cup. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in action against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 19 of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Oracle Team USA won the race to win the America's Cup. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in action against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 19 of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Oracle Team USA won the race to win the America's Cup. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Sailing fan carries American flag before Race 19 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco

A sailing fan carries an American flag before Race 19 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco, California September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill (C) kisses the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates onstage after 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)

Oracle Team USA follows Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco

Oracle Team USA (L) follows Emirates Team New Zealand (R) during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Fans of Oracle Team USA cheer after their team defeated Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

Fans of Oracle Team USA cheer after their team defeated Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Oracle Team USA sails to victory against Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

Oracle Team USA sails to victory against Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Oracle Team USA crosses finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealandduring Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco

Oracle Team USA crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealandduring Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Oracle Team USA crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand to win Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco

Oracle Team USA crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand to win Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Oracle CEO Ellison reacts after Oracle Team USA defeated Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 Emirates during Race 18 of 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reacts after Oracle Team USA defeated Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 18 Emirates during Race 18 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco

Members of Oracle Team USA wave to spectators after winning Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

Oracle Team USA crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco

Oracle Team USA crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 17 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT YACHTING)

America's Cup - Finals Races 17 & 18

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill sails ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 18 of the America's Cup Finals on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Team USA swept two races today against Team New Zealand to tie the series at 8, settiing up a winner-take-all race tomorrow. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Finals Races 17 & 18

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill sails ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 18 of the America's Cup Finals on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Team USA swept two races today against Team New Zealand to tie the series at 8, settiing up a winner-take-all race tomorrow. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

America's Cup - Final Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in action against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 19 of the America's Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Oracle Team USA won the race to win the America's Cup. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)