Who will win BBC SPOTY 2012?


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Who will win BBC Sport personality of the year 2012?

Lets look at the statistics:

Ben Ainslee

  • First ever to win a medal in sailing in 5 different Olympic Games
  • 4 gold 1 silver in 5 Olympic Games. Last 4 have been gold
  • CBE, MBE, OBE
  • ISAF world sailor of the year more 4 times, more than anyone else

Ellie Simmons

  • MBE
  • 2 golds on her debut at 13
  • 2 golds London including a world record in 400m
  • gold in all competitions internationally in 2009-2010

Chris Hoy

  • double gold in last three Olympic Games
  • 7 Olympic medals makes him most successful Olympian of all time – with 6 golds
  • 11 time world champion
  • most successful British Olympian of all time (Gold medals)
  • BBC sports personality of the year 2008

David Weir

  • 4 x gold in London including 800m and marathon
  • 6x London marathon winner
  • 2005 disabled athlete of the year
  • 2006 disabled sports person of the year
  • nominated in 2006 and controversially not included in the short list for SPOTY
  • first disabled athlete to get into the SPOTY Nominations

Bradley Wiggins

  • TDF and Olympic gold same year – only person to do so
  • only person to win a grand tour and an Olympic track cycling medal
  • 7 Olympic medals, equal to Hoy, but only 4 are gold
  • 2012 Paris-Nice, tour of Romandie and Dauphie winner
  • 2011 Vuelta and Dauphine winner

Mo Farah

  • 10000m Olympic champion
  • 5000m Olympic, World and European champion
  • 2010 won Britain’s first ever gold in 10,000m
  • holds the European track record for 10,000 m, the British road record for 10,000 m, the British indoor record in the 3000 m, the British track record for 5000 m, the British half-marathon record, and the European indoor record for 5000 m

Jessica Ennis

  • Olympic champion
  • former European and world heptathlon champion
  • former world pentathlon champion
  • MBE
  • British national record holder for the heptathlon, the indoor pentathlon, the high jump and the 100 metres hurdles.

Andy Murray

  • Olympic champion
  • won 1 lost 4 grand slam finals
  • won 8 ATP maters tour finals
  • US Open champion

Katherine Grainger

  • gold in London after 4 previous Olympic silvers
  • MBE
  • rowing World Cup champ 7 times (over 2 classes)
  • broke Olympic record in 2012

Sarah Storey

  • 5 Paralympic golds in swimming
  • 6 Paralympic track cycling golds, 4 in London
  • twice British able bodied track champion

Rory McIlroy

  • US open winner 2011
  • PGA champs winner 2012
  • Current world number 1
  • still only 23

Nicola Adams

  • European amateur champs gold medallist 2011
  • Olympic champion 2012
  • world number 2

If we are looking purely at who is at the top of their sport, here is what I think.

Nicola Adams and Ellie Simmons still have a way to go, as does Rory McIlroy. Massive achievements for all so far, but dominating and at the top of their sporting game? Not quite yet.

Andy Murray. I love how he won his first Grand slam and the first ever olympic gold for tennis, is he dominating his sport? No, not quite. Is he at the top of his game? I’m not sure, he’s a bit inconsistent.

Sarah Storey has won Paralympic gold in two different sports, and holds an able bodied title. That’s worth noting. However David Weir is Olympic champion in 800m AND the marathon – what a contrast! Plus, he was the first disabled athlete to be nominated back in 2006.

Who are the big names? I think it might be between Wiggins, Farah, Ainslie, Ennis and perhaps David Weir. Has Ennis done enough? She has held titles in heptathlon and pentathlon, had incredible pressure on her as the poster girl of the games, yet still delivered.

On results alone it has to be Wiggins v Farah v Ainslie?

What an incredible story Mo Farah has. What an incredible story they all have.

Where would you put your money?

Here is a recording of my interview on BBC radio Northampton this morning: 

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