Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports
I think the answer is be be found in The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards!
For an award that has on occasions resembled a scraping of the sporting barrel, the shortlist for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year stands as heady testament to Britain’s sporting year of years.
Between them the decorated dozen chosen to be put to the public vote next month have this year alone gathered 20 Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, a first tennis Grand Slam title for 76 years and a first ever British winner of the Tour de France. The world’s best golfer, Rory McIlroy, is also on the list. It is a far cry from Greg Rudeski’s tour de force in 1997 when he was runner-up in the US Open or the cricketer David Steele – “the bank clerk who went to war” – winning in 1975.
Andy Murray, who won the US Open and Olympic gold, Bradley Wiggins, the Tour and Olympic gold, and Mo Farah, the popular star of two Super Saturdays over consecutive Olympic weekends, are favourites to win the award, which will be held in front of a sell-out audience of 15,000 in London’s Excel centre on 16 December.
The unassuming, thoroughly likeable 30-year-old from Leeds won the first Olympic women’s boxing gold when she upset the favourite Ren Cancan of China in the final.
The ever-reliable Ainslie claimed one of Britain’s most predictable gold medals. It was the 35-year-old’s fourth consecutive Olympic triumph
The face of the Games coped brilliantly with immense expectation to win hepathlon gold on the first Super Saturday. Now one of Britain’s most recognisable sports stars.
It wasn’t just the two gold medals that the 29-year-old claimed, in the 5,000m and 10,000m, but the nerveless manner in which he won them that endured him to 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium and the nation at large
One of the most popular wins within Team GB – Grainger took rowing gold after winning silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008. The Scot is a vocal campaigner for women’s sport
Not his best Olympics but nevertheless he is now Britain’s greatest Olympian in terms of gold medals – the two in London took him to six as he bowed out of the Games on a high
The Northern Irishman offers a reminder that there was sport outside London this year. Won his second major and topped the money list in Europe and the US – world No 1
In any other year victory in the US Open – the first Grand Slam win by a Briton for 76 years – would have made Murray a shoo-in, especially when you add an Olympic gold medal and runner-up at Wimbledon.
She was only 17 but Britain’s highest-profile Paralympian coped admirably with the unique pressures of a home Games – won two golds, a silver and a bronze in the pool
After winning four cycling gold medals, the 35-year-old now lays claim to being considered Britain’s greatest Paralympian. Has 11 gold in total, the same as Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts
Hit the form of his life to double the two gold he won in Beijing at the London Paralympics. Triumphed on the track in the 5000m, the 1500m and the 800m before adding the marathon on the last day
Has become perhaps Britain’s most admired sportsman. Became the first Briton to win the Tour de France and followed it with Olympic time trial gold. His sport may be reeling from the Armstrong fall-out, but here is a champion to have faith in
Sources of reference : The Independent 27th November 2012 and for the pictures from a number of areas! Many thanks.
“Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – part two” will follow in a few days.
Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports – unless you have been living underground in caves over the last few months no doubt you will have an inkling of an idea of what has been going on! With our wonderful sportsmen and women it is amazing how some people can make such an impact on a society or network of people – have you anyone in mind!?
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