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Olympic legend Ainslie ready for greatest challenge

Sir Ben Ainslie likes to defy the odds but his latest race against time could even test his skills of generating something from nothing.

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Ainslie: America’s Cup targets need to be met by New Year

He is the most successful sailor in Olympic history but according to Sir Ben Ainslie the Briton now faces his biggest challenge yet on or off th...

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Ainslie and Percy take second on World Match Racing Tour

Sir Ben Ainslie settled for second best in his first action back on the water since helping inspire a famous America's Cup comeback last month.<...>

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Ainslie looks to future - and British America's Cup campaign

Sir Ben Ainslie waited about an hour after helping his crew claim a famous America's Cup victory before resetting his course on a new challenge....

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Ainslie tribute to friend Bart after America's Cup comeback

Sir Ben Ainslie dedicated his America's Cup success to friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who lost his life in preparation for the event in May.

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Athens 2004
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Sydney 2000
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Atlanta 1996
  • 0 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

www.benainslie.com

Ben Ainslie, CBE, made sure of a fifth Olympic appearance by winning the Sail for Gold Regatta and the London 2012 test event last summer – both of which were held at the Weymouth venue.

Ainslie won his first Olympic medal at Atlanta 1996, when he became Britain’s youngest ever sailing medallist, aged 19, by claiming silver in the Laser class.

At Sydney 2000 he won his first Olympic gold in the Laser and then moved to the Finn to claim gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, becoming Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor in history.

Inspired by father Roddy, who took part in the first-ever Round the World Race, Ainslie took up sailing aged eight and is now a multiple world champion, winning the Laser class twice and the Finn on six occasions. In 2010 he also won the World Match Racing title.

He is the only sailor to be named ISAF World Sailor of the Year on three occasions, 1998, 2002 and 2008 while he is also a four-time British yachtsman of the year.

A Chelsea fan, ‘Beano’ Ainslie was the first official torch bearer for the UK Olympic Torch Relay, carrying the flame in Cornwall.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Ainslie won gold, finn.