Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
Sailing star Ainslie rules out chasing more Olympic glory
November 28, 2012 , 3 : 00 am GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
British sailor Ben Ainslie, who was also the former skipper of Oman Sail’s Oman Air Extreme Series boat, has decided not to go for more Olympic medals.
British sailor Ben Ainslie has ruled out chasing more Olympic glory and will not compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the four-times gold medallist said.
The 35-year-old became the first sailor to win medals at five successive Games earlier this year when he was victorious in the Finn class at the London Olympics. It was Ainslie's third successive Olympic gold in the Finn, following silver and gold in the smaller Laser class at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney 2000.
"When I look back there are so many special memories; from that first medal in Atlanta 16 years ago to carrying the flag at the closing ceremony in London 2012," he said in a statement.
"London was an incredibly special Olympics, competing on home waters and in front of a home crowd, I don't think anything will be able to top that experience. "But you have to move forwards and it is time to move onto the next challenge in my career."
Ainslie's body could no longer cope with the physical demands of the Finn class and he will now focus exclusively on his America's Cup World Series campaign with the JP Morgan - sponsored Ben Ainslie Racing AC45 team.
"Stepping away from the Olympics was not an easy decision to make and I wanted to take some time after London to think about the future and what the next challenge would be," he added. "The America's Cup has always been a goal for me.
"With the new format of the America's Cup World Series and the increased commercialisation of the event, I feel confident that we can continue to build towards creating a commercially viable team, with the ultimate goal of challenging for the 35th America's Cup."
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) said Ainslie had nothing left to achieve in terms of Olympics but kept the door ajar for the sailor were he to ever reconsider his retirement from the Games. "From our side, the door is always open for Ben to return if he feels that gold in Rio is a viable prospect, but we wish him every success," RYA Olympic manager Stephen Park said.
"I know we will continue to keep in close contact with Ben, who is keen to help and support the Olympic programme and talented youngsters coming through in whatever way he can."
Rate this Article
Rates : 0, Average : 0
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter Image Text:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
Football: Reds are back to their best, says Liverpool coach Rodgers
Football: Brazil, Colombia clash adds spice to friendlies
English Premier League in focus: Liverpool 'gamble' Balotelli debuts against Tottenham
Football:Colombia star Falcao leads Europe transfer frenzy
Football: Germany’s Ozil doubtful for Argentina friendly
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Royal Oman Police launches road safety drive as new session of schools begins
Oman school bus accident: Don’t let my boy’s death be in vain, pleads father
No desert locusts threat in Oman
Badminton World Championships: Spain’s Marin stuns Li to win women’s singles title
India and Japan to boost security, economic relations
More in News
It's Different! Discovering pop legend Michael Jackson's popularity in rural India
High-end 'micro-flats' latest trend for Hong Kong home buyers
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
Urban gardens greening Berlin rooftops, airfield
Tips for writing a good article
More in Features
New conflicts have put the whole of MENA into turmoil
Modi’s mission to save the world must begin at home
Will the East Asian dream augur well for India now?
Alas! Iraq has already disintegrated
Winds of anarchy and chaos in Middle East
More in Columns
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial