Friday, 30 November 2012

BBC Sports Personality of the year...

It's that time of year again. Stand by your phone, steel yourself for an unprecedented crop of tear-jerking victory montages, and be prepared for the annual surprise of Gary Lineker's latest gloriously spiffy skin-tight shirt. The shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2012 has been announced, an occasion of heightened interest at the end of a year in which British sport has perhaps never shone so brightly – this time around the BBC's flagship sporting award show can present itself to the world as a celebration of genuinely grand-scale achievement.
The debate this year is about the nuances of achievement. In terms of sheer, unrepeatable sporting excellence the bookies' favourite Bradley Wiggins stands out. 
No Englishman had previously won the Tour de France, the greatest sporting endurance event. A subsequent gold medal in the men's time trial at London 2012 makes for an unignorable set of laurels. Not to mention his victories in some of the cycling classics earlier in the year.
If you are wondering who I will be voting for, I don't mind telling you - It will be Wiggo - If I live for another 100 years I might not see another Englishman win the Tour - it is an achievement that warrants a knighthood - and you can bet he will be the best-dressed recipient of the award ever!

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