On November 27 of 2012, the shortlist for this years BBC’s Sports personality of the Year was unveiled. Unsurprisingly, almost all of those included in the shortlist participated in the London 2012 Olympics. After all, it was an event that provided a plethora of sports that captivated both the British public’s hearts and imaginations. This year’s crop of British Olympians even managed to record the best tally of medals by Britain at any Olympics since 1908, and 18 more than won in Beijing four years ago.
So with no further delay I humbly present to you the best of British:
Ben Ainslie left his mark on the world of sailing this year as he became the most decorated British sailor. At London 2012 Ben won his fourth consecutive gold medal. “Impressed?” you should be. His achievements even earned him the flag-bearing role at the closing ceremony.
Mr. Mobot himself became a fan favorite this summer with his infectious smile, crowd-pleasing moves and undeniable talent that saw him become Britain’s greatest long distance runner. This summer Mo Farah claimed Great Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in the 10,000m, closing off the memorable “Super Saturday”. Mo’s achievements didn’t end there, A week later on the 11th of August, 2012 Mo Farah galloped his way to his second gold of the London 2012 Olympics in the 5,000M.
Despite achieving silver at Sydney, Athens and Beijing; Katherine Grainger was a name that may have passed many by at the start of the summer. Grainger changed this as she grabbed her elusive gold medal in the double sculls in London this year and is now Britain’s most successful female rower.
Sir Chris Hoy
The four time Olympic champion didn’t take his foot of the pedal this summer and continued to grab gold medal after another. Hoy picked up two more gold’s during the London 2012 Olympics, making Sir Christopher Hoy Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time.
The only name on this list who did not feature in the London 2012 Olympic Games found his own stage to make his name this year; on the fairways. On the 4th of March 2012, Rory putted himself to the top of the PGA rankings and continued to show his brilliance throughout the year. However his crowning moments was at The 2012 Ryder Cup. McIlroy not only helped Europe defeat America, but did it in style turning up minutes before tee off with a police escort.
The first Briton to win the Tour de France, owner of four gold medals and officially the most decorated British Olympian; Wiggins’ involvement in this list is no shock. His talent was for all to see as he claimed gold this summer in the Men’s Individual Time Trial and showed us all: just how cool sideburns are.
All worthy winners in my book however its up to you, so get your votes in and be sure to tune into the ceremony on 16 December.