Ainslie America's Cup victory

British Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie has led Oracle Team USA to a historic sporting comeback in sailing's America's Cup. They best Team New Zealand 9-8 after being 8-1 down in the series.

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Ben Ainslie's key role in Team USA sailing comeback

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27. Credit: PA

Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben 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.

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.

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