NAME: Charles Benedict Ainslie, CBE
AGE: 35 (born 5 February 1977)
ABOUT: born in Macclesfield, Ben Ainslie is Great Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor ever, a three-times Olympic gold medalist and silver medalist, who started sailing at the tender age of eight and was first competing by the time he was ten. In 1989 in his first international competition – the 'Optimist World Championships' in Japan he was placed 37th. Ben learned to sail near Falmouth in Cornwall, he comes from a sailing family, his father Roddy Ainslie captained the boat that took part in the first Whitbread Round The World Race in 1973.
Ben has won the International Sailing Federation top Award more times than any other Sailor, being named ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2008. To add to his list of platitudes, he was awarded the title of British Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
His current Olympic Class is the Finn class and he is one of Team GB's main medal hopefuls for London 2012, and in May of this year he became the first person to carry the Olympic Torch starting off the mammoth 70 day tour of the UK to bring the Olympic Torch to London.
London 2012 will Ben's fifth consecutive Olympic Games, and he remains as determined as ever to be successful, and after winning a Silver in 1996 in Atlantic, and Gold in 2000 in Sydney, in 2004 in Athens and in 2008 in Beijing, we cant help but think he will be in with a good chance.
WHAT MAKES HIM RAZBERRY CANDY?: as part of Team GB, and one of our most successful ever Olympians, he stands a good chance of bringing Gold home again, but we like someone with a bit of passion and at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships whilst being on course to win the regatta he was disqualified under rule 69 (gross misconduct) for physically threatening a photographer, he felt the photographer's boat wake had prevented him from passing a competitor!!