Posted by Ian
It’s quite clear who should be the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2008:
Read his own account of his feelings after becoming the first Briton in 100 years to win three golds in three different events at the same Olympics. You’ll rarely find a more inspiring yet humble and down-to-earth sportsperson. And you’d certainly be hard-pressed to find a more articulate testimony of what it’s like training for and competing in a world-class event.
What a contrast with the lazy, pointless burblings that tend to be reported as tumbling from the mouths of Britain’s footballers and cricketers.
I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve found myself so gripped by this year’s Olympics. I can take or leave the posturing performance of the UK’s various footie squads or test match sides. They always carry deadweights and rarely perform consistently. And they are never tested in these kinds of environments.
GB’s Olympic gold medal winners, of whom Chris Hoy is the king, are individuals who can’t fall back on anyone but themselves. As a result they commit their entire beings, emotionally, physically, psychologically, to their discipline. Their sincerity and talent is so self-evident it’s enough to move you to tears. And Sir Lord Christopher Hoy OBE is clearly the finest textbook example of them all.
Sadly, because Britain is the most fickle country in the world, come Christmas it’s just as likely that the honour will end up going to yet another overpaid underachieving football ‘star’ who only kicks a ball 300 out of 365 days a year, scores goals even less, has a wife who is a model, and who likes being photographed skulking around fashion shows and falling out of nightclubs.