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Ainslie gold highlights sailing display

London 2012 was always supposed to be Ben Ainslie's Olympics and he did not disappoint, becoming the most successful sailor in Games history.

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Dempsey seeks silver lining

Windsurfer Nick Dempsey hopes to add another silver to Great Britain's sailing medal haul on Tuesday afternoon.

After Ben Ainslie won gol...

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Finn star Ainslie secures gold

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal.

The 35-ye...

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Star silver for Percy and Simpson

British hearts were broken on the water as Sweden denied sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.

The defending Olym...

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Ainslie off the mark in gold charge

Ben Ainslie got his gold medal charge back on track today by winning his first race of London 2012.

The 35-year-old came into his fifth O...

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

Initially starting in the Laser Andrew Simpson plugged away for many years behind Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie in the Finn.

But with Ainslie dominating, Simpson teamed up with Percy in 2007 in the Star class and the duo, lifelong best friends and former Lego-building partners, won World Championship bronze to suggest their fledgling partnership showed promise.

A year later Simpson and Percy won Olympic gold in the Star class at Beijing 2008 in a dramatic medal race in Qingdao and ‘Bart’ was awarded with an MBE. It was Percy’s second Olympic gold medal, having topped the podium in the Finn class, before Ainsile’s emergence, at Sydney 2000.

Simpson lists Ian Botham as his sporting hero and like his British teammate Paul Goodison, he played football as a youngster and is a big Tottenham Hotspur FC fan.