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The Paul Rogers blog: Who should win Sports Personality of the Year?
10:50am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Paul Rogers Blog
NORMALLY it's quite easy to predict who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, even in an Olympic year.
But with so many contenders this time round, it is anyone's guess who wins the prize for 2012.
I have never known a sporting year like it.
Even before London 2012 started, we had Bradley Wiggins becoming the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France, but the unprecedented success of Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics has resulted in a whole list of worthy winners.
Jessica Ennis withstood the pressure of being the poster girl to win the heptathlon, Mo Farah produced arguably the greatest races in British athletics history in winning the 5,000m and 10,000m, while David Weir and Sarah Storey both won an amazing four gold medals at the Paralympics.
And that’s not even taking into account Sir Chris Hoy becoming our greatest ever Olympian, Ben Ainslie the most successful sailor of all time and Ellie Simmonds producing unbelievable things in the pool.
And now we have Andy Murray becoming the first Brit to win a Grand Slam Major for the first time in 76 years, while Rory McIlroy continues to astound the world in golf.
So who should win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year? Here is my countdown from 10 to 1. Do you agree?
10. Ben Ainslie – became the greatest sailor of all time by winning gold in the Finn class.
9. Rory McIlroy – won the USPGA Championship by an amazing eight shots.
8. Ellie Simmonds – won four medals at the Paralympics, including two gold.
7. Jessica Ennis – withstood the pressure to win Hepthalon gold.
6. Sarah Storey – won four gold medals at London 2012 and in doing so equalled Dame Tanni-Grey Thompson’s 11 golds – a British record!
5. Sir Chris Hoy – became GB’s greatest ever Olympian
4. Mo Farah – won 5,000m/10,000m double – amazing!
3. David Weir – in my opinion the greatest wheelchair racer of all time.
2. Andy Murray – broke a 76 year hoodoo by bagging a Grand Slam major for Great Britain, plus won Olympic gold and a mixed doubles silver
1. Bradley Wiggins – became the first Brit to win the Tour de France (in my eyes the hardest race on the planet) and followed that up days later by winning gold in the Time Trial at the Olympics. Plus he made side burns cool again.