Yesterday, the BBC released its shortlist for 2012 Sports Personality of the Year. Predictably (and rightly), it almost entirely consists of London 2012 athletes:
- Bradley Wiggins (winner of the Tour De France and a London 2012 gold medal)
- Sir Chris Hoy (gold medallist, keirin)
- Andy Murray (gold and silver medals, US Open victory)
- Jessica Ennis (heptathlon gold)
- Mo Farah (golds in 5,000 and 10,000m)
- Katherine Grainger (gold in rowing)
- Rory McIlroy (US Masters victor, on winning Ryder Cup team, world number 1 golfer and PGA Championships victor)
- Nicola Adams (women’s boxing gold, the first time the event has been held)
- Ben Ainslie (sailing gold)
McIlroy is the only athlete on the list not to have competed in London.
It’s a very impressive list and I’m sure the voting will be tight. The achievements I’ve included this year are only those from 2012 – these are increfdibly accomplished athletes and if I’d included all of their notable successes this would have been a very long blog.
I predict Wiggins will win. Whether he should is another matter. He’d be a very worthy winner, there’s no doubt, but so would any of these nominees. This is a matter of deciding who is most worthy. Whose feats were most difficult? Wiggins had to keep a lead over weeks of racing on the Tour De France. Is that more difficult than Sarah Storey practically lapping opponents on her way to 4 golds in the Velodrome, or Ennis’ excellence over 7 events, or McIlroy’s consistency over the season? It’s very subjective.
Who would you vote for?