The Ultimate Redemption Story

As clichéd as it sounds, Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup triumph in Bermuda is the ultimate redemption story. Whatever drove the team in the early days after the catastrophe in San Francisco four years earlier was potent enough to push them through a myriad of challenges and, against all odds and rationale, put together the campaign to beat all campaigns. How did little old New Zealand topple the American giant? Beating Oracle Team USA 7-1 to claim the 35th America’s Cup completed the most epic of turnarounds as Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) were lucky to even be in Bermuda. Picking themselves up off the San Francisco canvas was the first step they had to take and it would have been easy for maligned team head, Grant Dalton, to slip into obscurity – a footnote on the pages of arguably the worst sporting choke known to man. Post 2013, Kiwis just…