Ben Ainslie to carry Team GB flag at closing ceremony
British sailor Ben Ainslie, has been give the honour of carrying the Team GB flag during the Olympics closing ceremony. The 35 year old at the 2012 London Olympic Games won his fourth consecutive gold in addition to the silver that he won at his first Olympics when he was 19 years old in the year 1996.
Ben won the gold after a tough fight on the Weymouth waters when he battled from a losing position. He then confirmed his place in the record books as the most successful sailor in the Olympic history.
Ainslie said, “It’s a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what’s been such an amazing Games for the whole country.” It is also unlikely that the sailor might compete in another Games.
The sailor added, “There have been so many people involved in making these Games so special, so I think one thing you’d say on behalf of all the athletes is thanks so much to everyone involved – all the volunteers, and the whole nation for getting behind the team.” Ben also said that it has been their best ever performance at the Olympics and thinks a lot of that comes down to having so much home support.