Ainslie still to decide on future

10 September 2012 / 18:51

Four-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie reaffirmed that he has yet to make a decision on his Olympic future.

The 35-year-old became the most successful sailor in Games history this summer and, while refusing to rule out a return for Rio, suggested London 2012 could be his last due to the toll racing has taken on his body and the classes available in four years.

However, recent reports suggested Ainslie was readying himself for a sixth Olympics, leading him to deny on Facebook and Twitter that any decision had been made - a stance he stuck with on Monday.

"I was surprised to read that," he told Press Association Sport. "It is funny how people get carried away and put these things together.

"So no, I have not made a decision about Rio so we'll see.

"The last month has been very busy. Obviously going out to America and being involved in the America's Cup and other commitments."

Ainslie gave himself - and his injured back - a day off after flying back from San Francisco to join up with British team parade around London.

"It was amazing," he said. "I will never experience anything like that again so I am very proud and honoured for all the support we've had.

"It was much a bigger than Beijing inevitably given it was a home Olympics.

"It was great. I am a proud Brit right now. It's a great moment."