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Who do you think should win?  (Voting closed: December 14, 2008, 07:29 PM)
Rebecca Adlington - 4 (20%)
Nicole Cooke - 0 (0%)
Chris Hoy - 10 (50%)
Bradley Wiggins - 0 (0%)
Rebecca Romero - 0 (0%)
Ben Ainslie - 1 (5%)
Christine Ohuruogu - 0 (0%)
Andy Murray - 3 (15%)
Lewis Hamilton - 2 (10%)
Joe Calzaghe - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 20

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2008

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Calzaghe won his big event while the only other possible choices - Hamilton and Hatton - both came 2nd, hence Calzaghe had to be the favourite and deservedly won IMO. If Hatton had won that fight I think he'd have won the award as it the fight was the night before which would surely have swayed a lot more voters.
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Calzaghe won his big event while the only other possible choices - Hamilton and Hatton - both came 2nd, hence Calzaghe had to be the favourite and deservedly won IMO. If Hatton had won that fight I think he'd have won the award as it the fight was the night before which would surely have swayed a lot more voters.


And you could argue it was the bigger fight with him being against the pound for pound best.
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True. If he had won I'm sure he'd have won the award. But he didn't so the guy who did win his thing rightly won the vote. Smile
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I was just thinking about those who missed out.......

Ryan Giggs - a fantastic footballer who this year won the champions league (again) and the premiership (again), a true personality as well
Shane Williams - the International Rugby Board PLAYER OF THE YEAR but not mentioned
Victoria Pendleton - I know people hard on about Cooke, but this women won Olympic Gold in the only event that was in the Olympics for her and she won two world championship tiltles.
Mark Cavendish - 17 stage wins over 7 months. But ignored more or less.



Why is Andrew Murray on there? - Ok what he did was comparable to what Rusedski did when he won the award in 97, but this is an Olympic year, and you have to up your game for that.......

Personally I was always going for Hoy, but Wiggins has a massive claim as does Nicole Cooke and Ben Ainslie. Not to mention Romero who has her second Olympic medal from a DIFFERENT SPORT.

I think the others still have more to give - Adlington, Murray, Hamilton. And Calzaghe had it last year. And Ohorughu won't get it.

So yeah, the top 3 out of Hoy, Wiggins, Cooke, Ainslie and Romero would be my choices, but I'd have to feel for the names I mentioned that missed out as well.
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Yeah any of those could and and would deserve to get it. As much a fan as I am, Andy Murray has no place on that list this year for me. If he'd won that US Open final or the Masters Cup, or done a bit more in the Olympics then sure but I don't think he should be on there ahead of say Victoria Pendleton or James Degale or Tim Brabants for instance.
I'd vote for Chris Hoy because 3 gold medals gets my vote but I wouldn't be surprised if he's beaten by Lewis Hamilton. There's plenty of petrol heads in Britain! lol
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So Degale winning 5 fights in a row is better than Murray reaching a GS final and winning 2 MSs???
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Yes IMO. Olympic Gold medal > US Open runner up.
Murray can win this award when/if he wins a major title. Smile
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I'd vote for Chris Hoy because 3 gold medals gets my vote but I wouldn't be surprised if he's beaten by Lewis Hamilton.



My thoughts exactly! highfive
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Is there a shortlist announced for Overseas personality or do they just announce one person on the night?
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I think they just announce it on the night. That's a pretty tough choice too. Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Rafael Nadal, Padraig Harrington. It will be Bolt surely IMO.
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I think they just announce it on the night. That's a pretty tough choice too. Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Rafael Nadal, Padraig Harrington. It will be Bolt surely IMO.


:O Phelps would definitely deserve it more...
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I don't necessarily agree.
If it's about "personality" aswell as achievement then Phelps is certainly 4th in that list IMO.
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It's actually quite a difficult one, this one. That is, choosing between Bolt and Phelps.
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It is a really tough one. Others like Nadal and Harrington are pretty unlucky it was an Olympic year.
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14 gold medals > 4 golds (i think Bolt has 4... correct me if i'm wrong) That's 14 gold medals in different events - ie events that you have to learn and pefect different strokes. Most swimmers specialise in 1 or 2 because it's so hard to do different ones... Bolt might have a sightly more appealing personality, but that's not necesarily that important... Fed's won for the past few years, and he's never had the greatest media personality.
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