We have pretty much come to the end of the summer of sport for 2012 – although you could argue that the Ryder Cup at end of September is the end?? Anyway, its been a rather good summer of sport – especially for Great Britain!! As a spots fan, I had lots to look forward to with the Euro 2012 tournament, the Olympics and Wimbledon. However, its been so much more.
Euro 2012/US Open
Near the start of the summer we had the Euros. Euro 2012 is an overall good tournament – as expected England didn’t win but maybe did better than expected?? The final itself say Spain thrash Italy 4-0. In the middle of summer we had the Olympics and Paralympics and only recently we the US Open. I will talk about the Olympics/Paralympics in a bit but just to say that it was amazing the US Open and Andy Murray winning. First grand slam won by a Brit for 74 years! Added to his Gold and Silver in Olympics, its been a great year for him!
The Olympics and Paralympics have just been incredible – only problem was the empty seats issue but that was sorted eventually. I am sure you all watched it and have so many highlights yourself. As a Brit, I was hugely proud being British. TeamGB and ParalympicGB performed amazingly. London2012 is incredible – it was run so well. The volunteers (Games Makers) were excellent – so helpful, funny and friendly. The various ceremonies were outstanding (although some better than others – for example, the Olympic opening ceremony was much better than Olympic Closing ceremony).
So many highlights
There were many highlights (not just for Brits) from the Olympics and Paralympics including (in no particular order):
- Mo Farah’s 5000m and 10,000m
- Jess Ennis Heptathlon
- Usain Bolt 100m and 200m
- Greg Rutherford winning long jump
- Chris Hoy winning again
- David Weir – incredible that he can do short distances, medium distances and long distances.
- Andy Murray winning Gold (and Silver)
- Woman’s Team GB hockey team
- Woman’s Team GB footballers beating Brazil
- Nicola Adams in the boxing
- Michael Phelps becoming the greatest Olympian of all time
- Sarah Storey winning 11 Gold medals in Paralympics – in swimming in past and now cycling. 22 medals in total
- Jonnie Peacock becoming fastest amputee sprinter in the world
- David Wetherhill’s amazing, diving shot in the table tennis
- Li Duan and his impression of someone from Bucks Fizz and removing his trousers in the blind long jump. Actually, blind long jumping was great viewing
- The wheelchair rugby – aka Murderball. Brutal!
- John Cundy’s ‘rage’ in the cycling when he was disqualified
- Ellie Simmonds performance in the swimming pool
- Ben Ainslie winning Gold again. But the bit I will remember was talking about his rivals and them accusing him of cheating. He said (in a Hulk way) that they made him angry (falsely accusing him) and they don’t want to make him angry!! 🙂
- Victoria Pendleton – all that hard work and won a Gold (but she missed out on the individual sprint, controversially relegated)
- The Brownlee brothers in the triathlon – incredible. Alistair Brownlee won and ran the 10km run bit of the triathlon just a minute slower than Mo Farah won his 10km race – so just minute slower after all the swimming and cycling!
- Beth Tweddle finally winning a Gold medal
- David Rudisha in the 800m and smashing the world record
- Jade Jones winning taekwondo
- When Chad le Clos won in the swimming pool, beating Michael Phelps in the 200m – the event which Phelps was basically indestructible in. The best bit actually was not the win, which was of course amazing, but the interview with his dad Bert le Clos with Clare Balding afterwards. Great interview, what a guy. Just so proud and happy for his son.
Opening Ceremony with James Bond meeting the Queen – genius.
- Oscar Pistorius – he didn’t do himself any favours when he lost he race and should have been more humble but was great to see him to winning. He’s not retired so will continue running but it has to be said he’s done a lot for the Paralympics in general to raise its profile etc.
- The BBC commentators going made when Mo Farah won 10km. They also went crazy for I think 100m Mens final???
- The Team GB rowers
- Richard Whitehead in the 200m. The way he stormed passed everyone near the end.
- Tom Daley – not quite the fairytale story and winning Gold but he should (and was) proud and happy to win Bronze. He (along with the other athletes) should be role models for children and not reality TV stars or footballers. As well as being an Olympic medal winner, he got straight A’s in his A Levels.
- China’s Ye Shiwen in the swimming pool. Amazing!
- The booing of politicians such as George Osbourne when handing out medals.
- The Dad dancing by Boris Johnson and David Cameron when the Spice Girls were on
- Hassani Djae Ahamada, of the Comoros Islands, and their only athlete, was disqualified for a false start but continued swimming regardless of the decision. Ahamada finished the S9 50m freestyle despite official’s efforts to try and stop him.
- Lazaro Borges pole voting breaking into a few pieces
- The Paralympics high jump event 😮
Thats quite a big list and I have probably forgot many others!!
Its just been great all of this, loved watching it and shouting at the TV. The comedian Adam Hill, who presented the Last Leg show on Channel 4 – highlights show for Paralympics said a great thing about the Paralympics. “Sydney was the 1st Paralympics where the competitors felt like equals, London is the 1st where they’ve been treated as heroes”.
Tour De France
Before the Olympics, there was the Tour de France which was won by Bradley Wiggins – the first time a Brit one. Then as I just said, Olympics and Paralympics where Brits did amazing. Then the other week, Andy Murray won the US Open – after winning Gold and Silver medal in the Olympics.
Sports Personality of the Year
With all this amazing success for Britain, the voting for the Sports Personality of the Year is going to be tough!! Very tough!! I think I heard that regarding special honours given by Queen – CBEs, OBEs, Knighthoods etc – that there will be a special section this year. Is that right??
Anyway, my guess for the top 3 for Sports Personality of the Year (not that it matters as much as e.g. winning a Gold Olympic medal) is:
However, I could easily change my mind and David Weir, Mo Farah, Chris Hoy and several more could easily be top 3. I have looked at the bookies and Chris Hoy is 8th favourite – after what he has achieved this year – you know its an exception year when he’s 8th favourite!
This is just what I think it will be. Not necessarily what I want it to be since I can’t decide. It certainly won’t be an football who wins it!!