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America's Cup: What makes a sporting comeback great?

updated 8:25 AM EDT, Fri September 27, 2013
Oracle Team USA sailed close to the wind in the 2013 America's Cup, turning an 8-1 deficit into a 9-8 victory over New Zealand . The turnaround was helped by technical alterations to the boat and a new race tactician. So what's the secret to a great comeback? CNN explores the ingredients required to defy the sporting odds... Oracle Team USA sailed close to the wind in the 2013 America's Cup, turning an 8-1 deficit into a 9-8 victory over New Zealand . The turnaround was helped by technical alterations to the boat and a new race tactician. So what's the secret to a great comeback? CNN explores the ingredients required to defy the sporting odds...
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One man mission
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Living Legend
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Oracle Team USA fight back from an 8-1 deficit to defend sailing's America's Cup
  • The team modified its boat and juggling its 11-man crew on the way to victory
  • Team USA's win over New Zealand has been described as one of sport's greatest comebacks
  • But does it have all the ingredients of an all-time sporting comeback?

(CNN) -- Oracle Team USA safely negotiated the choppy waters of sporting comebacks to pull off a memorable victory against New Zealand to defend the America's Cup.

The crew, backed by billionaire Larry Ellison, had looked sunk as they trailed 8-1 in the best-of-17-races elite sailing series.

Down but not out, Team USA continued to develop their boat with the help of their land crew and made another key decision when Britain's Olympic champion sailor Ben Ainslie replaced John Kostecki as key tactician at 4-1 down.

But are technical updates and staff changes what true sporting comebacks are made of?

In the gallery above, CNN World Sport examines the ingredients of some of sport's most tantalizing turnarounds -- from teamwork to the indomitable spirit of a single human soul.

Let us know your favorite sporting comeback in the comments box below or join the conversation on World Sport's Facebook page.

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