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VIDEO: Kiwi pride runs deep

It’s the nature of sporting events that those who finish in second place are quickly relegated to the realm of forgotten also-rans.

Given Emirates Team New Zealand’s epic collapse in the America’s Cup — in which it needed just one more win to take sailracing’s most prestigious trophy away from Oracle Team USA but instead lost 8 straight — the Kiwis had every reason to hang their heads heading home last week.

To the contrary, the team returned to a warm “welcome home” in the form of thousands of enthusiastic and appreciative fans.