Monday, August 13, 2012

Early contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

In order of how I would put them

1. Andy Murray
First British men’s singles finalist at Wimbledon for 74 years
Olympic men’s singles champion and mixed doubles silver medallist
Men's world No.4 (at time of writing)
Shows he has a sense of humour by going on "Mock the Week"

2. Bradley Wiggins
First British winner of the Tour de France
Olympic time trial champion
Joint most decorated British Olympian
Only cyclist to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year
Also won Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie & Criiterium du Dauphine (just to prove he wasn't just focussing on the Tour de France)
The coolest mod around

3. Jessica Ennis
Olympic heptathlon champion
World indoor heptathlon silver medallist
Broke personal best and British records for indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon
Broke British record for 100m hurdles & high jump (despite being a heptathlete)
Does all this while looking very good

4. Mo Farah
Olympic 5000m & 10000m champion
European 5000m champion
7th athlete to win 5000m & 10000m at the same Olympics
Arsenal fan - say nothing more

5. Laura Trott
Olympic Omnium and team pursuit champion
World Omnium & team pursuit champion
Only one of four British women to win double gold in the same Olympics
Does all this after being born with a collapsed lung and having asthma
Replacing Victoria Pendleton as the next babe in British sport

6. Sir Chris Hoy
Olympic keirin and team sprint champion
World keirin champion
Joint most decorated British Olympian
Most successful British Olympian in terms of gold medals
Trained barista

7. Ben Ainslie
Olympic Finn sailing champion
World Finn sailing champion
Most successful Olympic sailor of all time, winning his fourth consecutive gold medal & fifth consecutive medal
Unfortunately supports Chelsea, which is probably why he is lower down on this list (just kidding!)

8. Charlotte Dujardin
Olympic team & individual dressage champion
Only one of four British women to win double gold in the same Olympics
Shows equestrian is not just for people with trust funds: went to a comprehensive school and her mother had to buy and sell ponies for a living to help fund her daughter's training 

9. Rory McIlroy
Won his 2nd major, the US PGA by a record eight strokes
6th youngest multiple major winner
At the time of writing, World No. 1, European No. 1, PGA Tour No. 2
Another lucky git, dating Carolina Wozniacki

10. Jason Kenny
Olympic individual sprint and team sprint gold medallist
Heir apparent to Chris Hoy
Dating Laura Trott, which makes him a lucky bastard

Honourable mention: Victoria Pendleton
Olympic keirin champion
Olympic sprint silver medallist
World sprint champion
Still the sexiest lady in sports by a mile