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Sports Personality 10: Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

Sports Personality of the Year
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena Date: Sunday, 14 December Time: 1900 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website.


Bradley Wiggins joined the group of great British Olympians after winning two gold medals at the Beijing Games in track cycling.

That brought the grand total of Olympic medals won by the Londoner to six, having also won bronze in Sydney and bronze, silver and gold in Athens.

At this year's world championships the 28-year-old won gold in three events.

His aim is a British record seventh Olympic medal for 2012, breaking clear of Sir Steve Redgrave who also has six.

Alan Shearer
By Alan Shearer
Former England football captain

Football legend Alan Shearer got on his bike earlier this year to raise money for Sport Relief.

Here, the Newcastle United hero reveals his admiration for two-time Beijing Olympics track cycling champion Bradley Wiggins.

I thought Bradley performed absolutely brilliantly in Beijing. They were fantastic displays of power and guts. He's won six medals in total now from three Olympic Games - that's some achievement.

I can't imagine what it takes to win gold at the Olympics, never mind two, and he was a massive figure in a very successful Team GB unit.

I watched Britain win the first gold of the track cycling on the BBC this summer and after that I was glued.

I do have a little reputation as a bit of a bike rider after my stint for Sport Relief this year. I think that was about 330 miles or something.

606: DEBATE

That was a lot for me and I can tell you now, it was a very painful experience, at times torture. Now I'm just thinking of how many hours Bradley put in before the Games - that really would have hurt the thighs.

But Bradley probably wasn't thinking of the lactic acid while he was racing on the track - he was very focused and calm. You know he was thinking of nothing but getting over that finishing line first.

But to get to the level to be better than anyone else, you need dedication and a lot of hard, hard work.

Bradley would have had to been committed during the previous four years and would have had to sacrifice a lot. He'll have to do the same again for London 2012, and that's what I admire about these multiple Olympic competitors.

But Bradley's not just any competitor. He won bronze in 2000, then a bronze, silver and gold in Athens and now two golds in Beijing. There is a fine line between being very good and a champion. To go that extra yard takes a massive amount of effort and patience.

He's probably not even hit his peak yet. Bradley's only 28 and all he needs to do is look at Chris Hoy, who's four years older than him. He has the record of most medals won by a British Olympian in his sights if he stays fit and chooses to compete. That will be a new target for him and I'm sure he'll be hungry to achieve it.

I heard stories that he likes to enjoy himself sometimes. You can't be critical of that because he's found a balance that suits him and he knows his body better than anyone else. When he works, he obviously works very hard or else he wouldn't have been able to reach the standards he set.

It must have been an amazing feeling for him to cross the finishing line in those finals. Well done to Bradley and he has rightfully taken his place in the Sports Personality top 10.


Alan Shearer was talking to BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury

Stories from Wiggins' year:



SPORTS PERSONALITY:
Sun 14 Dec, 1900 GMT,
BBC One & BBC Radio 5 Live.

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