British professional road and track racing cyclist – Bradley Wiggins (UCI ProTeam Team Sky) – took the award for 2012 UK’s Sports Personality an event organized by BBC. Curiously, Wiggins was born in Belgium (Ghent) and his father is Australian.
Wiggins was the winner of this year’s Tour de France (the 1st British cyclist to do so) and also took the Gold Medal in London Olympic Games cycling Time-Trial (the 1st ever to conquer both events in the same year). With this Gold medal Wiggins became the British Olympian with more medals (seven) one more than the ones won by rowing legend Steve Redgrave. His 6 other medals (3 of gold) were won in Olympics Track Cycling between 2000 and 2008.
Wiggins was chosen to ring the bell that commenced the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. He did not had a hard time reaching the high bell since he is 1.90 metres tall!
Athletics heptathlon Gold Medalist Jessica Enis was second.
Tennis player Andy Murray, Wembley finalist (Lost to Federer) and Olympic Gold Medalist (defeating this time the Swiss) was the 3rd most voted athlete.
In this event the winner was determined by public telephone voting.
The International Sports Personality of the Year award went to Usain Bolt. He takes the award for the third time in five years after successfully defending all 3 of his Olympic sprint titles at London 2012. His 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds made him the sprinter of all-time with more Olympic medals. Click the link below to see how fast he is!
The award is in good hands but it would also be in Alex Zanardi’s if he had won. As you may see below his life history and determination are amazing and an example to everyone.