With the BBC set to announce their sports personality of the year on Sunday night if the bookies are to be believed there seems to be only three people in the running for the award. There is an argument that all three – Lewis Hamilton, Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy – are all deserving of the BBC’s coveted gong. This must be one of the strongest fields in years, rather than scratching around to try to find someone to give it to this year the candidates are queuing up for our votes.
For me though their can only be one winner, I don’t think he will win but in my opinion he should. Britain’s most successful man at an individual Olympics since 1908, Chris Hoy. In 2005 Hoy’s original event the 1 kilometre time trial – for which he won gold in Athens – was dropped from the Beijing games in order to accommodate BMX racing leaving him with no ride. Instead of moaning and letting his head drop Hoy refocused and started looking at what other races he could enter with spectacular results.
In winning three gold medals for the mens individual sprint, the team sprint and the keirin Hoy proved what a winning mentality he has, to tear up the original plan and start retraining on these other events as he had to in 2005 shows just what a determined character that Hoy is. Indeed when asked who her hero is Victoria Pendleton – instead of choosing an inspirational world famous character from history – says it is Chris Hoy showing what esteem he is held in by his peers.
There is a substantial argument for all three, Lewis Hamilton is the youngest ever World Champion, Rebecca Adlington winning two gold’s and setting a new World Record in the process and Hoy himself. For me though Brit’s just don’t win three gold’s in one games, it’s just unheard of and makes Hoy the outstanding candidate in my book. To be over looked after achieving what he has would be unbelievable.