There are strong arguments for Hoy/Addlington or Hamilton. The sportsman who will get my vote, however, is Ben Ainslie. Why?
1. He has won three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games - a feat very few Olympians worldwide have achieved in any sport
2. Sailors have to contend not only with other competitors but also the treachery of the sea -becalming, fog, rough seas, all of which featured this year causing postponements and restarting -annoying when you are leading
3. The medal depends on races over a week.
4. Britain's nautical skills should be cherished and encouraged.