Sailing (Olympic)

Reports: Presenter Georgie Thompson Dating Olympic Sailing Star Sir Ben Ainslie

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Presenter Georgie Thompson arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens, Kensington on June 16, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for WTA)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterOctober 8, 2013

Georgie Thompson and Sir Ben Ainslie are romantically involved, according to multiple reports.

Olympic gold medallist sailor Ainslie, 36, just helped the U.S team win the America's Cup, while Thompson, also 36, now works in the United States for Fox Sports after a decade with Sky Sports in the UK.

According to Neil Sears of the Daily Mail, the pair have been dating since April this year but have known each other for three years. Per the report, Thompson says:

We met through friends at an event – and I don't really know how to describe it.

It was a bit of a thunderbolt moment but a thunderbolt that took years before it became anything real. We were in different places but then in April the stars aligned and it made sense to be together, and we haven’t looked back since. It’s very special – he makes me very happy.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Oracle Team USA tactician Sir Ben Ainslie  (C) holds the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates onstage after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand to defend the America's Cup during the final race on September 25, 2013 in
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The Daily Echo reports that both Ainslie and Thompson previously had relationships with people from their own fields.

Sailor Ainslie dated fellow Olympian Marit Bouwmeester, while Thompson, who has presented a range of shows on British television, once dated popular TV host Declan Donnelly—one half of duo Ant and Dec.

Per the Daily Mail report, Thompson was optimistic that the pair would have more time together after Ainslie's run in the America's Cup. That said, Ainslie resides in Lymington in the south of England, while Thompson is now based across the pond.

Ainslie is also set to be awarded the Freedom of Lymington and Pennington later this month.

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