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Sir Ben Ainslie (1977-), Sailor

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Olympic sailor. Began sailing at the age of eight. Won an Olympic Gold medal in Sydney (2000). In his first year of competing in the Finn class he broke all records by becoming both European Champion and World Champion, and was rewarded for his efforts by being voted 2002 ISAF World Sailor of the Year. In 2003 Ainslie won the Finn World Championships in Cadiz, Spain and as a result was selected for the British team for Athens. He won the Gold medal for yachting in the Athens 2004 Olympics in the men's Finn class.