America's Cup Victory

You Don't Have to Love Sports to Appreciate This Picture-Perfect Win

Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand passed the Golden Gate Bridge during the America's Cup finals.

You don't have to be into sailing, or sports at all, to appreciate an epic comeback story — not to mention picturesque photos of the San Francisco Bay. Today, Oracle Team USA made history on its 72-foot catamaran by winning the America's Cup after being down eight races to one. They bested Emirates Team New Zealand for the trophy, which is the oldest in international sports. In fact, Team USA won 11 races to New Zealand's eight, but due to a cheating scandal during a previous race, the team was penalized two points, starting with a deficit. The storybook ending has helped the race end on a positive note, after Olympic gold medalist British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson died while training for the Swedish team.

After today's loss, Kiwis still have something to be proud of, though. The winning Team USA had two New Zealanders on it, in addition to four Australians, one Italian, one Antiguan, and one Dutch sailor. Oh, and there was an American, 24-year-old Rome Kirby, on the team, too. See the picturesque moment in sports history now.