First, Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to the win the Tour de France. Then Britain won 29 golds at its home Olympics in London to finish third on the medal table. Then Andy Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam tennis title, with his victory at the U.S. Open in September.
For the first two days at Medinah, with the U.S. team purring, the golden summer seemed to be ending amid the autumn leaves.
Then came Sunday and the improbable European comeback. It won't make any difference to the lives of Europe's millions of unemployed. But, at least temporarily, it did make Europe's choice of official anthem seem not quite so inappropriate.
Its name: "Ode to joy."
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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