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Ben Ainslie's key role in Team USA sailing comeback

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27. Credit: PA

Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie played a key role in turning the event around after being called up from the warm-up crew.

Drafted in as tactician in place of John Kostecki, he was one of the catalysts as Oracle produced the most incredible comeback in America's Cup history.

Only last Wednesday the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.

However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.

FULL REPORT : Sir Ben Ainslie, one year on

A year ago Sir Ben Ainslie became this country's most decorated sailor and one of Britain's most successful Olympians. On the water off Weymouth he claimed a remarkable fourth gold medal.

Ainslie has since retired from Olympic sailing and focussed his attentions on trying to win the prestigious America's Cup next month in San Francisco. And as team captain of the defending champions, the Cornishman got every chance of further enhancing his CV.



Ainslie sets sights on America's Cup

The 35 year old will now focus on his America's Cup campaign Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Following the announcement that he will not be competing in Rio 2016, four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has said he will now focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - his fourth gold medal in his fifth Games.

The 35 year old did not announce his Olympic retirement immediately after winning in Weymouth, preferring to wait for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin to decide which classes would be on the Olympic programme for Rio.

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America's Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

"I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America's Cup proper. Not at next year's event in San Francisco - that will be too soon - but perhaps the one after that."

Ainslie will not compete at Rio 2016

Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.

The 35 year old from Cornwall has decided to call time on a carreer that saw him win 4 Olympic Gold medals to focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - but will not defend that title in Rio.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Ainslie said:

It fills me with both relief and sadness to write these words but I can now officially confirm that I have donned my Team GB tracksuit for the last time. No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost 20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

– Ben Ainslie
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