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Ben Ainslie

Full name: Charles Benedict "Ben" Ainslie
Nickname(s): Beano
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: February 5, 1977 in Macclesfield, Cheshire East, Great Britain
Title: Sir
Affiliations: Restronguet Sailing Club, Falmouth (GBR) / Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Lymington (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

The son of a noted sailor, Ben Ainslie is one of the top Olympic sailors and is the most successful Olympic sailor with four gold medals and one silver. He is also the only person to win medals at five consecutive Games, and in 2012 became only the second man to win four golds after Denmark’s [Paul Elvstrøm]. After winning a silver medal in the 1996 Laser class, Ainslie won three consecutive titles in one-person dinghy, from 2000 to 2008, and in the one-person heavyweight dinghy in 2012. Ainslie had the honour of being the first torch bearer as the Olympic flame made its 8,000-mile trip around Britain in advance of the 2012 Games, and at the opening ceremony he was Great Britain’s flag bearer. In addition to his Olympic medal collection, he has won six world titles in the Finn (2002-05, 2008, 2012), in the Laser (1999), and one in the Laser Radial (1993). In European Championships he won nine titles: four in Finn, four in Laser, one in Laser Radial class and one in match racing. Ainslie was rated ISAF sailor of the year three times, and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008, following his third Olympic title.

Despite all his world and Olympic titles, it is in the 2013 America’s Cup that Ainslie is remembered for his part in leading Oracle to a remarkable comeback from 8-1 down in the best-of-17 series to capture a memorable win for Team USA. Only a few months before this amazing comeback, Ainslie was knighted in what he described as the proudest moment of his life. He retired from Olympic competition after 2012 and concentrated on the America’s Cup. In June 2014 he set up Ben Aislie Racing (BAR) with the sole aim of winning the famous trophy for Great Britain for the first time. BAR won the World Series of qualifiers but subsequently failed to make it through to Challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Men's One Person Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Men's One Person Heavyweight Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Mixed One Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank NP TP PTS T T/M
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Final Standings 2 37.0 122.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race One 28 28.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Two 4 4.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Three 7 7.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Four 2 2.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Five 2 2.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Six 1 1.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Seven 2 2.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Eight 1 1.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Nine 16 16.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Ten 2 2.0
1996 Summer 19 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain Race Eleven AC DQ 57.0
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Final Standings 1 42.0 100.0
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race One 22 22.0 58:40
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Two 1 1.0 54:29
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Three 1 1.0 37:52
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Four 3 3.0 1-09:11
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Five 4 4.0 1-06:50
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Six 4 4.0 1-06:20
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Seven 10 10.0 1-09:47
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Eight 11 11.0 46:15
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Nine 4 4.0 57:10
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Ten 4 4.0 1-05:40
2000 Summer 23 Sydney Sailing Great Britain Race Eleven 36 36.0 1-09:31
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Final Standings 1 23 33
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race One 10 10 at 1:01
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Two 1 1 49:24
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Three 4 4 at 0:11
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Four 1 1 1-00:03
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Five 1 1 1-09:01
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Six 10 10 at 0:34
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Seven 2 2 at 2:06
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Race Eight 2 2 at 0:08
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Sailing Great Britain Medal Race 1 2 28:03

Men's One Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank NP TP PTS T
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Final Standings 1 38.0 64.0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race One 9 9.0 1-13:27
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Two AC DQ 26.0 [1-19:17]
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Three 1 1.0 1-08:47
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Four 1 1.0 1-12:52
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Five 4 4.0 1-14:37
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Six 1 1.0 1-09:23
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Seven 2 2.0 1-17:25
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Eight 3 3.0 1-17:21
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Nine 2 2.0 1-19:05
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Ten 1 1.0 1-09:12
2004 Summer 27 Athina Sailing Great Britain Race Eleven 14 14.0 1-25:33

Men's One Person Heavyweight Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS GP T/M M1R M1M M2R M2M M3R M3M M4R M4M M5R M5M M6R M6M
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Final Standings 1 46 58
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race One 2 2 +0:17 11 +0:29 3 +0:11 6 +0:35 3 +0:30 3 +0:49 2 +0:19
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Two 2 2 +0:19 2 +0:30 2 +0:31 2 +0:24 2 +0:25 2 +0:16
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Three 6 6 +1:27 7 +0:10 7 +0:19 4 +0:30 8 +1:33 6 +1:25
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Four 12 12 +1:19 14 +0:44 12 +0:48 9 +0:59 12 +1:03 11 +1:14
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Five 4 4 +0:33 3 +0:15 3 +0:12 4 +0:18 5 +0:37 4 +0:33
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Six 3 3 +0:51 7 +0:26 6 +0:28 3 +0:29 5 +0:33 3 +0:56
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Seven 1 1 58:34 1 17:15 1 22:20 1 31:59 2 +0:03 1 57:40
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Eight 3 3 +0:10 5 +0:16 4 +0:28 3 +0:08 4 +0:36 3 +0:08
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Nine 6 6 +1:13 11 +0:39 8 +0:27 9 +0:59 9 +1:34 6 +1:07
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Race Ten 1 1 1-02:42 2 +0:05 1 23:11 1 33:53 1 50:34 1 1-01:44
2012 Summer 35 London Sailing Great Britain Medal Race 9 18 +0:44 5 +0:11 2 +0:03 9 +1:01 9 +1:04 9 +1:02 9 +0:48
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