Ben Ainslie retires – to focus on America’s Cup …

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Ben Ainslie, the world’s most successful Olympic sailor and winner of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, has announced his retirement from Olympic sailing. Ainslie will not defend his title in Rio in 2016 and instead will concentrate on his America’s Cup campaign.

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Winning his 4th successive Olympic Gold medal earlier this year, Ainslie’s record, which also includes a Silver won at the 1996 Games, eclipsed that of Denmark’s greatest sailer, Paul Elvstrøm, who won 4 gold medals between 1948 and 1960.

Ben Ainslie celebrates winning his 5th Olympic medal at Weymouth 2012 – Daniel Forster/PPL

PPL has an extensive archive of pictures that trace the careers of both sailors.

* View the Ainslie archive
* View the Elvstrøm archive

Paul Elvstrøm leading the Firefly singlehander fleet at the 1948 Games in Torquay where the Dane won his first Gold Medal – Currey archive/PPL

Ben Ainslie on his way to winning his 4th successive Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth – Daniel Forster/PPL

19 year old Ben Ainslie racing a Laser – Peter Bentley/PPL

Ben Ainslie – The story so far…
1977 – Born, Macclesfield, UK, son of Whitbread Race veteran, Roddy Ainslie
1985 – Competed in Optimist World Championship, Japan. Finished 37th
1993 – Won the Laser Radial (junior) world championship
1996 – Won Silver medal in Laser Class at Atlanta Games
1998 – Won Laser World Championships
1999 – Won Laser World Championships
2000 – Won Gold medal in Laser Class at Sydney Games
2001 – Competed in America’s Cup
2002 – Won the Finn Gold Cup (world championship)
2003 – Won the Finn Gold Cup
2004 – Won the Finn Gold Cup
2004 – Won Gold medal in Finn Class at Athens Games
2005 – Won the Finn Gold Cup
2005 – Won the World Match Racing Championship
2008 – Won the Finn Gold Cup
2008 – Won Gold medal in Finn Class at Beijing Games
2009 – Won the King Edward VI Gold Cup Match racing champ – Bermuda
2010 – Won the King Edward VI Gold Cup Match racing championship
2010 – Won the World Match Racing Championship
2012 – Won the Finn Gold Cup for record 6th time
2012 – Won 4th successive Gold medal at London Games
America’s Cup: The complete picture resource

PPL’s America’s Cup archive covers not only the latest images of ‘Emirates Team New Zealand’s’ wing-sailed foil borne catamaran skating across Auckland Harbour at 40knots +, but the entire history of this great sporting event dating back to the first race around the Isle of Wight back in 1851.

2012: ‘Emirates Team New Zealand’s’ 72 wing sailed catamaran – AC72 New Zealand. Swan Images/PPL

2003: ‘Alinghi’ cross tacks with ‘Oracle BMW’ during the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 2003 – Bob Grieser/PPL

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