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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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I am not obsessed with F1 personally.  I think they have talent, and are probably very athletic.  Looking at the top drivers they are all in very good shape.  My problem with it is that the outcome is often resolved through technical issues such as engine failures or pit stops.  That is not sport as far as I am concerned.

For me the sports personality of this year is Chris Hoy who won 3 golds, on top of the medals he won in Athens.  He also won a number of golds at the world championships, I think including in events that he cannot compete in at the olympics as the event is not held then.  I suspect that Rebecca (?) Adlington may take it.  I think the BBC try to influence the outcome anyway through their trailers for the voting and the programme.  

Who do you think will take it?  Perhaps this should be a fresh link?


Chris Hoy should win it. He deserves it. Hamilton 2nd and Murray 3rd.
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Hamilton deserves it if he wins the championship, certainly more so than some guy who did really well just for a few days.
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But what about all the previous success he's had? And the hard work he's put into his training? Plus he was absolutely dominant in every race. He deserves it far more than Hamilton.
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Chris Hoy won 3 golds, he absolutely dominated the whole field - he is more deserving than Hamilton.
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I don't agree, simply because cycling is a bit of a fringe sport.
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So how does that diminish his achievements?

How often does an athlete win 3 gold medals at one Olympics?
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Hamilton deserves it if he wins the championship, certainly more so than some guy who did really well just for a few days.


Thats a truly crap argument Mark.. you dismiss  years of grind and hard work.. be ashamed.
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God, I missed that post from Mark.

So Chris Hoy sits on his arse watching Trisha until the Olympics roll round, does he?
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Hamilton deserves it if he wins the championship, certainly more so than some guy who did really well just for a few days.


Like ****. He drove a car. Hoy actually broke sweat and dominated his field.
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I'm not diminishing his achievements, and I realise how he dominated. However, I don't think sports personality should be from such a fringe sport, with a small pool of competitors and few spectators (at least in between the olympics anyway). Even in countries where cycling is very big (like Belgium and other European countries), it's only road cycling which is talked about.
I don't agree with Clydey about formula 1. Who says a sport has to be all about sweating and pumping muscle? The skill and nerve of all formula 1 drivers is absolutely amazing.
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I'm not diminishing his achievements, and I realise how he dominated. However, I don't think sports personality should be from such a fringe sport, with a small pool of competitors and few spectators (at least in between the olympics anyway). Even in countries where cycling is very big (like Belgium and other European countries), it's only road cycling which is talked about.
I don't agree with Clydey about formula 1. Who says a sport has to be all about sweating and pumping muscle? The skill and nerve of all formula 1 drivers is absolutely amazing.


The skill of a formula 1 isn't the same league as that of a footballer or tennis player. At the end of the day they are driving. It is as much about the technology as it is the driver. You're kidding yourself if you say that formula 1 requires as much skill, training and endurance as a truly physical sport.
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Formula 1 has a global field of 22 competitors, surely one of the smallest fields?

I'm a huge Hamilton fan, but a sizeable portion of F1 success is down to the teams and the mechanical reliability of the cars, and perhaps also pit stop strategy, would you not agree? No doubt that Hamilton is talented, he excelled at every level, karts, F3 and GP2 - but he's slipped up a few times this year when the pressure was on.

Hoy was flawless, he crushed the competition in every race he participated in.
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It does require training and endurance, but i agree not to the same degree. However, although technology plays a big part, the skill is as much as any sport, IMO.
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Of course the actual formula 1 field is small, but the amount of people who race at lower levels is huge. I never meant that the actual race has to have a thousand people in it - no sport has that! Just the pool of competitors is too small in cycling.
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It does require training and endurance, but i agree not to the same degree. However, although technology plays a big part, the skill is as much as any sport, IMO.
Yup, the skill needed to be a successful F1 driver is incredible.
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