No Question, this America’s Cup was an incredible comeback. One doesn’t have to be a sailing fan, or know how rare it is to even have close match ups in sailing, to grasp the enormity of this achievement for the Oracle USA team, and the disappointment for Emirates Team New Zealand.
As in all things sports related, there is competition for “best” comeback of all time. Weigh in on what you think is a contender and why.
In the NYTimes Christopher Clarey wrote, “Pulling off the greatest comeback in America’s Cup history, Oracle Team USA won eight straight races, dashing the title hopes of Emirates Team New Zealand….Trailing by 8-1 to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, and within one defeat of losing the Cup, Oracle continued to upgrade its boat and its confidence and — against overwhelming odds and a team of veteran sailors — proceeded to win an unprecedented eight straight races to defend the trophy…
In the WSJ, Stu Woo wrote that “In the hours after the race, Oracle credited its resurgence to a combination of improvising on the fly, gambling on wind conditions and, as in any sports comeback, getting very lucky”
What do you think about the role of luck?