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24 March 2005, 12:48 pm
AINSLIE Sticks With The Finn
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Beijing 2008
London, Great Britain

Britain's two time Olympic gold medallist, Ben AINSLIE has said he intends to continue competing in the FINN in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
AINSLIE, along with Rodney PATTISON Britain's most successful Olympic yachtsman and twice ISAF World Sailor of the Year (in 2002 and 1998), has not competed in the Finn since he won the gold medal in the event in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He had previously won another gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and a silver in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the Laser, a piece of equipment he has not returned to since his victory in Sydney.

This week AINSLIE was at Buckingham Palace to be presented with an OBE from the Queen and it was here he confirmed his intention to continue sailing in the Finn to try to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2008 and to carry on to 2012 Olympic Games, the host of which will be decided by the IOC in July. However AINSLIE will not be returning to the Finn for some time yet as tomorrow he is flying to New Zealand to begin preparations for his first America's Cup.

ISAF. Image, AINSLIE Celebrates In Athens:© ADRIAN DENNIS/ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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