America’s Cup: How life has changed for New Zealand’s winning sailors

( CNN) They carried the weight of a nation on their shoulders and were lauded as heroes when they returned home to New Zealand after winning the America’s Cup.

In Auckland, an estimated 90,000 people flocked to the streets to welcome back the sailors after they clinched the Auld Mug for the first time since 2000.

The one-sided triumph against Oracle Team USA in Bermuda in June was even more satisfying because it banished the memories of New Zealand’s agonizing 9-8 defeat by the Americans four years earlier.

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