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Oracle Team USA Win America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Dedicates Win To Andrew Simpson (PICTURES)

26/09/2013 09:09 BST | Updated 26/09/2013 09:35 BST

Ben Ainslie dedicated Oracle Team USA's extraordinary America's Cup win to Andrew Simpson after the Briton helped pull off the greatest comeback in international sport's oldest contest.

British Olympian Simpson, nicknamed Bart, was killed in a training accident in May, an event which so shocked the sport there were questions over whether the 34th America's Cup would even take place.

Instead a raft of safety measures were introduced into a competition which Oracle seemed to have thrown away any chance of winning when Emirates Team New Zealand led 8-1 needing just one more win to lift the trophy.

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Ainslie contributed to the America's Cup's greatest comeback

The struggling American team reacted by bringing Ainslie on board in place of tactician John Kostecki and he helped to bring about a remarkable turnaround, culminating in Wednesday's victory in San Francisco Bay which gave them a 9-8 victory.

Quoted by the Daily Mail, Ainslie said: "I looked up to the stars after it all settled down at the end and thought of Bart. In some ways this was for him. He loved sailing and he loved the America's Cup. He would have been so excited about this series.

"It was emotional. It has been a hard few months with his death and all that followed it. He has been in my mind. Unfortunately, my mum and dad couldn't be here. My mum (Sue) is sick in hospital. It is nothing too serious but my poor dad (Roddy) has had to look after her. Hopefully this has put a smile on her face.

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"This is the most amazing thing I have ever been involved in. When you are in the Olympics you are doing it on your own. You can enjoy the success but you can only let yourself down. This is more rewarding, doing it in a team. You can share this."

The hosts faced an uphill task after being docked two penalty points, meaning they were 8-1 down last week despite having won three races.

That Oracle clawed their way back was in no small part thanks to Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Ainslie, who was brought in when the team ditched tactician Kostecki.