London 2012 offers golden chance for Ainslie

Sailor and triple gold medallist Ben Ainslie is hoping that he will pick up his fourth medal at London 2012.

Since his Olympic debut in 1996, the sailor has proved to be unbeatable in his Games class and is hopeful that he will add to his trophy cabinet this summer.

However, he did recently have an off-day when he ended up in the water during a pre-Games regatta at Weymouth and Portland.

“It’s a bit embarrassing going for a swim. But sometimes these things happen. Thankfully it wasn’t the Olympic Games. I made a mistake, we’re all human,” said Ainslie.

He explained that the boats had been pushing quite hard and there was a gust of wind at the wrong angle.

“Obviously I did something wrong. It does happen, I guess you have to be on the edge to get the speed.”

London could also be Ainslie’s last Olympics as he has already announced his plans to challenge for the America’s Cup with a special racing team bearing his name.

Meanwhile, the selection has been made for the Team GB cycling squad. After performing well in the 2008 Olympics, the pressure is on the British cyclists to win medals at London 2012 and possibly improve on the eight golds won in Beijing.

Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade have all been selected as part of the 14 shortlisted riders in the track, mountain bike and BMX events.

One of the highlights of the Games is expected to be the cycle road race and the majority of the course is open to members of the public who do not have tickets. Therefore, those enjoying central London hotels towards the end of next month could have the opportunity to see some of the world’s top male and female road riders battle it out for medals on the streets of the capital.

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