LONDON (AFP) –
Britain’s quadruple gold-medal winning sailor Ben Ainslie said on Tuesday that he may yet carry on to the 2016 Rio Olympics after all.
Ainslie, 35, had said after winning his fourth gold at the 2012 Games this month that he was finding the physical demands of the sport increasingly challenging as he got older and was unlikely to carry on for four more years.
But as he prepares to take up a new challenge in the America’s Cup, he told the BBC that he was reconsidering his decision.
“I’d love to be in Rio if it’s possible,” he said. “The next Olympics are a long way off and the focus is on the America’s Cup now. But the Olympics have been a huge part of my life and I’d like to be involved in the next Games.”
Ainslie will be competing as part of the British JP Morgan BAR team as the America’s Cup builds towards the finals in September 2013 to be held in San Francisco.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge, himself an Olympic yachtsman, has described Ainslie as “the greatest sailor of all time”.