Chris Hoy – BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2008
Congratulations to Chris Hoy, Britain’s Gold-snaffling cycling hero from the Beijing Olympics who tonight was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2008 by the British public. Chris brought home 3 golds from the Olympics as part of a world-beating cycling team. He was voted the winner tonight at a ceremony in Liverpool against some excellent competition. The shy Scot beat Lewis Hamilton – the youngest ever Formula One World Champion – and double gold winning Olympian, Rebecca Adlington.
As Chris acknowledged in his acceptance speech, what a year it has been for British sport ! Wonderful results in Beijing in both Olympic contests – with Britain second only to China in the medals table in the Paralympics. An enlivened Formula One field has brought motor sport back into the UK’s hearts, a battling England cricket team is resurging, and Wales have dragged themselves back to the top of World Rugby with assistance from the wizardry of Kiwi coach, Warren Gatland.