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Mine is Mo Farah. Any guesses?
whose name currently escapes me.
the public love a losers, especially one that cries real tears...
Not a household name at the moment, but could (should?) win two gold medals in track cycling, which I think may propel her to wider fame. She's already won two golds at the World Championships this year which I think may, retrospectively, count for her too. She's 20 and from North East London, and so is fairly talismanic of what the games represents (I think) in terms of getting young people, perhaps in less privileged parts of the country, into sport. Newspaper columns will be able to say she "grew up in the shadow of the Olympic stadium!", and she interviews really well - really engaging and enthusiastic. One of our best medal hopes at what will, I think, be the most exciting Olympic events. Go Laura!
Hate people who use 'random' like that though.
so far four of the Team GB cyclists have won stages of Le Tour. Hopefully they'll have the legs to kill it in the Velodrome too. It's one of the only sports I'm looking forward to seeing at McOlympics
The Olympic road race is only a week after the end and his focus seems to be much more on the tour.
If Wiggins wins the TDF then has to be him really, barring something ridiculous at the Olympics or Alistair Cook scoring 300* out of 400 in every innings vs SA
...TDF cycling, across mountain, hill and plain, over vast distances, is the pinnacle of the sport - but I absolutely 100% cannot even remotely begin to understand why people like and cherish the indoor track variety. A sport so bad, so artificial, that GB has climbed to its pinnacle by dint of caring about medals alone
Provided she wins gold. Which she will.
Chernova and Ennis. Providing Ennis doesn't mess up too badly on the shot put and/or the javelin, Ennis SHOULD win.
I think Hoy might be his nearest rival (for sheer legacy) but the joy of those Farah victories was like nothing else.
Ennis, Farrah, Hoy?
Must be the favourite, surely? To win Olympic gold AND the Tour in one year's going to take some beating.
but he isn't as high profile as Farah or Ennis and I think Hoy has a lot of kudos for his past.
Ennis, maybe, but heptathlon is just a bit niche, plus she's a woman, which will count against her.
Farrah - strong chance. But I reckon Wiggo. People love him, he's done amazing things - he deserves it.
session where she smashed the field at the 100m hurdles and I had a great time talking to strangers. I know my own personal experience is meaningless in who should win but I have a really fond memory of that Friday (and Saturday obviously). The pressure on Ennis for the last few years since see was World Champion in 2009 must have been huge. More than any other British athlete. At least the top three BBC Sports Personalities should almost certainly be Olympic medal winners. Hopefully, (an unknown to me at the moment) British paralympian will sneak in too in December.
(I'm watching the Olympic "summary" show that I had on my Sky box that was shown before the Closing Ceremony.)
wiggins'll probably win though. im gonna vote for murray and ennis <333
in some order. If Muzza wins the US Open then one of those not being in the top 3 would be mental
so Wiggins will win. Those cyclist types are probably organized voters. Mine will go to Ennis (then Farah if there was a second choice, which there isn't.)
she arguably had the most pressure on her going into it and delivered. Obviously gender shouldnt be an issue but yeah itd also be nice for a girl to win it for once too.
But now Mo Farah is almost certainly going to win.
Wiggins doesn't have a mo-bot.
Its going to be Farah, then very close between Wiggins and Ennis.
Mo Farah's have not.
Still, it will be Mo. Hard to begrudge him it though
*Le Tour + Olympic Time Trial Gold + Paris Nice + Criterium de Dauphine + Tour De Romandie should outrank 5,000 + 10,000m Gold Medals in any sane sports fans mind
but doing an olympic double is still pretty massive in distance running.
Which is why I'd find hard to begrudge Mo for winning: I'd just feel sad for Brad
First Wimbledon finalist in too many years and then he takes the Olympic gold in pretty much the same match.
Not in the way ohers mentioned in this thread currently have the *love of the nation*. Might change if he wins the next big tournament before the voting starts.
This is one of those rare years (helped by it being an Olympic year, obviously!) when we have several genuine world-beating candidates in their chosen sports.
Why do I care about any of this? Can't remember the last time I watched it to be honest. But I'll still be a little sad if Brad doesn't win.
Wiggins' has arguably achieved more in his sport and would be a very deserving winner but Farah just seems to have captured the public's imagination in the way that very few sportsmen do.
While it may not be a reason for getting the award Mo's also pretty much a perfect role model for kids to aspire to as well, so to have him hailed as our top sportsman certainly wouldn't be a bad thing in that respect either.
mo ran two "endurance" races, that were, quite frankly, a drop in the ocean compared to the tour de france, a series of about 19 endurance races on censecutiave days
wiggo was the first brit ever to win a time trial stage in the tour, as well as the first brit to win the tour
he then went on to win gold in the time trial in the olympics
worked really hard for cav in the road stage
& then there's his wins in the other classics
& he isnt finished yet
world time trial to come this year & he's doing the tour of britain (probably)
cos they were not quite consecutive
Mo had 2 big races to run this year and he won them both. Hard to argue this isn't very impressive too.
Although I can't imagine it's anybody's intention, the minute you start saying that one achievement is easily better than another it ends up looking a bit like saying 'Mo only had to run a couple of little races and got to have a rest in between, that's nothing'.
I have a lot of respect for them both, just so happens that for me I have a lot more interest in/knowledge of athletics so Farah's double means a lot more to me. Wiggins has had a phenomenal year as you say, but to be honest it's hard for me to be quite as excited as you by achievements in a sport I know/care little about.
that what wiggo has achieved is unprecedented by anyone, let alone a brit, & a these races, olympics aside, are annual events
mo did well but he's no zatopek who won (& broke world records) gold in the 5k,the 10k & the marathon in the 52 olympics; so whilst it was an impressive showing, it's not at the same level of never been done beforeness
although I do think you probably need to give Mo a bit more credit than 'he did well' - just because it's not an unprecedented 'greatest of all time' moment doesn't mean it wasn't an utterly brilliant performance of the very highest level.
though when i checked zatopek "only" set olympic records, not world ones. & it turns out he decided to run the marathon on a whim! check out his wiki on it, it's pretty entertaining
his sport is a little less moody than other contenders.
I would have been with you but alas no.
Let's just celebrate a great year of sport for Great Britain! We're all winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Buuuuuttt, the BBC are heavy pushing Ennis on everyone already she was all over the Olympic coverage.
I reckon if Andy Murray wins the US open then it'll be..
1. Jess Ennis
2. Andy Murray
3. Mo Farah
If he doesn't win the US open then it'll be..
1. Jess Ennis
2. Mo Farah
3. Bradley Wiggins
Usain Bolt is a stick on for overseas
Sebastian Coe for lifetime achievement if he's not got it already
Team of the year... Cyclists? Maybe the Rowers, or Man City (lol)
men's gymnastics team maybe, unless they just give it to TeamGB
ennis isn't gonna win
I mean Ben Ainslie and Chris Hoy have put themselves up with Redgrave as our greatest ever Olympians, and would be massively deserving of the award.
Mo Farah also made a stunning achievement, which we may not see from a British athlete again in our lifetime.
But Wiggins :
- did something no British person has ever done before
- has made cycling history by winning Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de France in the same year - the first cyclist ever to do so
- won an Olympic gold medal
- captured the nation's imagination
There is no more fitting winner of the award maybe in its entire history.
a Jesus-like achievement if you ask me
Therefore, I don't like him.
i'd just like to announce the raffle results
It's been an exceptional year and it would be unfair for the public to single out one person ahead of others.
How about a public vote on BBC Sports Disappointment of the Year?
I missed half the Olympics because I was on holiday (only athletics final I saw was that French git winning the pole vault). Did Farah win convincingly?
I'll be voting for Ellie Simmonds. I was there for her 400m on that Saturday against Victoria Arlen. An amazing race. Unbelievable tension, atmosphere and noise at the Aquatic Centre that day. It still brings a smile to my face when I think back to it.
Sir Chris Hoy
No place for the diver, he's just come back from injury so I guess he needs to concentrate on playing well for United! first.
I'll probably leave the country if they do some sort of TeamGB cop out.
Of the favourites, it should almost certainly be 1) Wiggins, 2) Murray, 3) Farrah.
Great year for sport, undoubtedly, i just find it hard to get at all emotional about tedious Guardianista type sports.
he's not even gonna be there so he won't though.
wiggins deserves it i guess. nobody cares anyway
I know that sounds a bit teenager-complaining-about-sellouts, but they're not even good adverts. It's like some coke-addled ad executive got hold of the photos and thought "fuck it, these are iconic enough by themselves to bother wasting time on, I'll just give them as a caption competition to a bunch of 12-year-olds and use whatever they come up with" and then plastered the end result all over my route to work.
Give it to Monty Panesar.
I guess they couldn't get rights for the Team GB kit or something.
Aren't they just the photos from him crossing the line? They should've just nicked some from that tumblr.
Strong list though: in any other year, any one of the short list could have won.
they made history this year, all the other achievements have been done recently. Some of the cumulative achievements are brilliant but it is about this year, really (which is why Ryan Giggs' win was so ridiculous). Except Nicola Adams I guess, but amateur boxing is a bit too much of a minority sport for her to get many votes
and Murray is actually 2nd favourite (Wiggo = 1st, Mo = 3rd) which quite surprised me. Admittedly he won the US Open and Olympic gold, but his public persona does him no favours so wouldn't have expected him to capture the popular vote like the other two, Jess Ennis or even some of the paralympians
although you could argue that murray had to beat some of the best ever players to get it. i wouldnt tho.
that won't do him any harm
and blarting on Centre Court
is this a cynical ploy to get some more publicity, and remind people of his achievements, in order to get more votes?
since they all started tweeting for cash about fucking Nandos. However, I want;
1. Wiggins - Gold AND TDF in about a fortnight. Incredible. Also, not like all the others, has opinions and am pretty sure not done anything too dickish since all this happened.
2. Murray - US Open and Olympic Gold. At tennis. Which GB are shit at.
3. John Terry. Our brave captain, boldly leading us into battle, without a blemish to his name.
from my post-olympics prediction of Farah > Wiggins > Ennis
to Wiggins > Farah > Simmonds
Not confident, though, seeing as that'd be cycling twice in a row, and three times in five years. And Farah, and Ennis, twice, have been third in the last two years, so hmmm, maybe Murray is in with a shout.
Public vote, though, so fuck knows. The 'cycling community' does seem to be a pretty strong voting bloc.
And I'd quite comfortably side with Murray. Wiggins' achievements this year have been fantastic, first Brit to win Le Tour etc. But he did that without the expectations of a nation bearing down on him. People started taking notice of the tour when he was way ahead, but generally, he wasn't subject to the scrutiny that Murray gets when a grand slam is on. On the other hand, his time trial gold was indeed delivered when the pressure was on, everyone was expecting it after the tour, so chapeau to him there.
Murray though, faced by the weight of history every time a grand slam comes around, people building him up throughout, then slamming him once he went out at the semis/final. Loses to Federer at Wimbledon, then has the resolve to get back, make it to the Olympic final, and blow the same man off the same court. And then follows it up by breaking the Grand Slam duck.