29 December 2012

Olympic Honours - My predictions were almost correct

On 10 September I mused about which Olympians and Paralympians would receive knighthoods or damehoods. It was hardly a great work of divination but it was pretty obvious that Bradley Wiggins  and Ben Ainslie would be knighted.

 Wiggins is the second most successful Olympic cyclist of all time behind Sir Chris Hoy (4 golds 1 silver and 2 bronzes over four games), victories this year in the Paris-Nice the Criterium de Dauphine and the Tour de Romandie....oh and winning the annual bike ride across France.

Ben Ainslie with his fourth consecutive gold medal and a silver won in Atlanta back in 1996.He overtook Paul Elvstrom as the most successful Olympic yachtsman of all time.

Sarah Storey won four cycling golds all of them by a country mile.With a total of 11 golds 8 silvers and 3 bronzes in swimming and cycling over six games she is Britain's most successful Paralympian.

David Brailsford is performance director of British Cycling  and David Tanner is performance director of British Rowing.Both men were instrumental in Team GB's enormous medal hauls in these sports in London and Beijing.

I thought that David Weir might be knighted after his four golds in London to go with the two goldstwo silvers and two bronzes he won at Beijing and Athens. He received a CBE but will surely be knighted if he can come close to repeating his success in Rio

Oh and Lord Coe received a Companion of Honour.

No real surprise in any of these


beakerkin said...

Hate to admit it but wheelchair basketball is interesting. There is a refreshing quality of neighborhood types playing a pick up game.

jams o donnell said...

No need to hate to admit it. The Paralympics were worth watching